#CelebrateWithDE – National Space Day


On the first Friday in May, we celebrate National Space Day, a holiday established to celebrate achievements in space exploration and encourage students to pursue careers in space-related STEM careers. There are plenty of resources about the space sciences waiting to be discovered in your Discovery Education account.

May the 4th Be with You! Since the holiday falls on the 4th this year, it’s also a fun time to consider what makes science fiction interesting and believable. Use these resources to help your students consider the magic of science fiction rooted in practical possibilities.

Featured Resources

Content Collection: Space Day
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Expand your perspective from Earth, to the solar system, and to the edges of space. Exploration is part of being human; exploring space is the next frontier of our time. As we explore farther into space, we gain a better understanding of the characteristics of the universe in which we live.
Lockheed Martin Unveils Concept Designs for Mars Base Camp
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Space engineering giant Lockheed Martin has released the concept design for a base camp that will orbit Mars. The company unveiled its Mars Base Camp design at the Humans to Mars conference on May 18 in Washington, D.C., with hopes that the facility will be in orbit in 2028. The six-person spacecraft will have living quarters, laboratory, solar arrays to generate power, and more.

Sci-Fi Stories

The Magic School Bus: Gets Lost in Space
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techook
Grades 3-5, Full Video

Imagine how it would be to land on the moon! Astronauts are people who are specially trained to go to space. They learn how to handle space crafts and collect information about space.
Star Wars versus Star Trek
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Documents an interview between Rod Roddenberry and the Father of Star Wars, George Lucas. The two men discuss Gene Roddenberry’s vision of Star Trek in relation to the creation of Star Wars.
Life on the Moon
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Video Segment

Highlights “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress,” a 1966 novel by Robert Heinlein that envisions the moon as a prison work colony. NOTE: Preview before showing in class.
1947-1953: Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, and Isaac Asimov
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Video Segment

Highlights the impact of the three best science fiction writer of America. NOTE: Preview before sharing in class.


Encourage your students to try their hands at a science fiction story: for younger students, have them try an episode of The Magic School Bus or Star Trek where existing characters visit a new place in space; for older students, use the assignment Writing Project: Plan and Write a Science Fiction Story (Canadian Version). Post titles or short descriptions of students’ stories using #CelebrateWithDE and #NationalSpaceDay.

Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.


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