NASA and the Space Program Change Florida
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The Space Age Changes Education in Florida
When the Soviet Union launched the world's first man-made orbital satellite, Sputnik I, in 1957, many in the United States began scrutinizing the nation's programs for math and science education. In this report, State Superintendent of Public Education Thomas D. Bailey explains Florida's standard math and science curriculum.
During the panic over math and science education following the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik I in 1957, some education experts feared that math and science would be over-emphasized to the point of excluding the social sciences and other subjects. In this letter, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas D. Bailey addresses this issue.
Following the Soviets’ launch of Sputnik I in 1957, a number of Florida high schools and colleges began creating new programs to funnel advanced students into science and technology-related degree programs and careers. This document describes Stetson University’s early college admission program and its relationship to the post-Sputnik concerns about American education.
"There is no similar project, space oriented, which so forcefully demonstrates the national space leadership Florida is providing."
Many Floridians believed part of the challenge of getting ahead of the Soviets in space age technology was making scientific and technical careers interesting to more students. This series of letters documents a project sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers to introduce Brevard County students to aerospace technology.
Florida's Space Coast
Florida's Kennedy Space Center made the Space Coast a tourist destination. Brochures promote tours of the space center as well as the beaches of the surrounding Atlantic coast.