Astronomy in a Shoebox

Target location: Canada

Target audience: Low income families, patrons dependent on the local Food banks. Often people who depend on Food banks do not have access to the online programming that schools are moving towards since COVID has shut down any in-person learning. With minimal access to technology it poses a disadvantage to youth that may want to learn STEM or astronomy themed content. Families who rely on the food bank can be from various economic backgrounds and can include new immigrant communities as well.

The core purpose of this project is to provide low income families which lack internet access with educational activities in different languages. A ‘shoebox’ or small, compact box will be provided with several activity sheets, instruction sheets (for adults), and a few basic art and craft supplies related to the activity. These boxes will be distributed at local food banks in the Greater Toronto area in Canada. It will provide families that chance to discover the wonders of space and astronomy, work together as a team and complete these activities.