Moderator: Donald James (NASA Associate Administrator for Education)
- Haim Russo (National Council for R&D (MOLMOP), Chairman of the committee for Industry-Academia Relationship and member of the Space Committee, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Technion),
- Dr. Chris Welch (Prof. Astronautics and Space Engineering, ISU, International Astronautical Federation Vice President, for Education and Workforce Development),
- Dr. Matthew Daniels (NASA Engineer, Research Affiliate, Stanford University, Advisor to the Director, Office of the Secretary, Defense/Net Assessment),
- Dr. Pini Gurfil (Director, Asher Space Research Institute, Technion)
An important responsibility of the world's Space Agencies, commercial space companies, and informal STEM-related institutions (e.g. science centers) is to inform, inspire, and engage the public about the latest advances and discoveries in the space sector, and to develop programs that will inspire and help young people pursue careers in science and technology.
As we begin the second century of flight however, we must remain committed to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and ensure that the next generation of explorers can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. That includes broadening our reach to an even wider cohort of students and going beyond STEM. It’s no longer sufficient to have firm boundaries around traditional “STEM” fields for space exploration.
Space exploration must engage and appeal to artists and designers, makers and communicators. Students must be interdisciplinary, collaborative, and more “global” to be successful. Education for the future of space exploration can play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the leaders and pioneers of tomorrow. This Space Education Panel features experts who each day lead activities to inspire and motivate students to ensure the existence of a qualified workforce and to ensure progress in future space activities.