Send a postcard to space!

Club for the Future is excited to partner with education nonprofit STEM2 Hub to bring students in Florida access to space in the classroom and the opportunity to send postcards to space and back.

Club for the Future brings together teachers and K-12 students from around the world to engage in activities giving youth direct access to space through Blue Origin’s reusable rockets. The Club's mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and help visualize the future of life in space. By partnering with STEM2 Hub, the Club is furthering this mission to engage with students to promote opportunities for students to engage in experiences that open doors for STEM2 careers.

INCORPORATING THE POSTCARD ACTIVITY INTO YOUR CLASSROOM

The Club's first activity asks K-12 students to send postcards with their dreams of the future and vision for life in space by answering the question, “Why do you think Earth needs space?” Blue Origin will fly the postcards to space and back on an upcoming New Shepard rocket launch, and mail the postcard back to each student with a ‘Flown to Space’ stamp.

Earth Needs Space

To help students think about this question, it might be helpful to offer them the following prompts:

Space is a gift for Earth

Space resources and energy are abundant. By exploring space we could reduce the use of Earth's resources. The sun offers unlimited energy, and asteroids can provide metals and water. How would you use these materials to help humans living in space or those on Earth?

ROOM FOR HUMANITY TO GROW

The solar system could support a trillion humans. If you lived in space, what would your home look like? How would you travel between neighborhoods? What businesses would you build? What would cities look like?

The gift of the Moon

The Moon has abundant resources. It also has low gravity compared to Earth, making it a great destination to live or a pit stop to other places in the solar system. What would your future Moon colony look like? How would you build an inclusive community? How would you govern and design a new society?

Exploration

Since the beginning of time, humanity has always explored new frontiers. Exploration changes our perspective. With more access to space, there's no limit to where we could go next. Where would you go?

Download standards-aligned curriculum

Additionally, you can use Club for the Future’s standards-aligned curriculum to immersively engage with students by encouraging them to think about a future of life in space to benefit Earth—and get a special space-flown keepsake in return.

Space Constitution

Create a constitution to govern a human population living and working in space.

Download Lesson

Engineering For Space

Sketch a prototype design for new technology that could help people living in space.

Download Lesson

SPACE MARKETING

Create an advertisement for a space-related business to attract new space customers.

Download Lesson

When should I launch this activity with my students?

Teachers should initiate this activity within the first month of returning to school, whether in-person or virtually. We'd prefer all postcards be returned by the first week of October. However, late arrivals will still be flown.

Shipping instructions below.

Feel free to promote this activity on social media using the hashtag, #DreamBigFlorida.

If you have any questions about the logistics of the program, please email Kathy Schofield, STEM2 Hub Executive Director: kathleen@stem2hub.org

Additional Resources

Detailed Instructions, Rules & Regulations

Getting postcards to space

STUDENTS
On the blank side of the postcard, draw or write your answer to the question, “Why do you think Earth needs space?” Label the postcard with your first name, last initial, teacher’s name, and school name, then turn it in to your teacher.

TEACHERS
Rubber-band the postcards and place in a Ziploc bag with a label that includes your name, school name and address, and the number of postcards in your package. Turn this package in to your front office.

FRONT OFFICE
Package each classroom’s pack of postcards into a box and send to your district office.

DISTRICTS
Package all of your schools’ postcards into one large box.

If sending via USPS, please send to:
Club for the Future
PO Box 1552
Van Horn, TX 79855

If sending via FedEx or UPS (preferred), please use:
Club for the Future
35961 State Hwy 54
Van Horn, TX 79855

If shipping logistics are an obstacle to your school’s participation, please contact kathleen@stem2hub.org

RETURNING POSTCARDS FROM SPACE

Club for the Future will keep all postcards grouped together for the flight. Upon return, each postcard will get stamped with the Club’s official ‘Flown to Space’ stamp. The Club will then ship each box of postcards back to its respective district.

Districts will unpack and distribute each school’s packaged postcards and return them back to their respective schools. The school’s office will return postcards back to teachers for them to distribute back to each student as their own space-flown keepsake.

Postcard Program Rules and Regulations

  1. There is no minimum postcard size but the recommended size is 3.5” x 5” with a maximum paper thickness of 0.016 inches. Maximum size is 4.5” x 6” (we need to fit a lot of postcards in the rocket!).
  2. All Space Mail is subject to the Club for the Future Privacy Policy which is incorporated by reference as is set forth fully herein.
  3. Space Mail content reflects the views and opinions of the author and does not reflect the position of Club for the Future (CFTF) or Blue Origin. Space Mail sent to CFTF shall contain no inappropriate, immoral, illegal or otherwise unacceptable imagery, text or other subject matter.
  4. CFTF has no obligation to fly any Space Mail. Space Mail chosen for flight will be flown at a date and time selected by CFTF, which is subject to change and cancellation at any time without prior notice.
  5. I understand and agree that the text, photographs, drawings, and/or creations contained in or affixed to the Space Mail or other CFTF events or activities may be used in the production of promotional materials, on their respective website, and for other purposes that CFTF or Blue Origin deems appropriate, and that such materials may be distributed to the public and displayed publicly one or more times and in different formats, including but not limited to print, online and video-based marketing, advertising, and fundraising, and in publications and promotional videos as related to CFTF or Blue Origin and its affiliates.