Rori Borealis and her dog, Scope, would like to show school-aged children just how awesome space really is. The activity book featuring Rori and Scope titled, Destination Discovery, includes activities ranging from planet-related flash cards to puzzles and mazes related to space science. Fun facts and vocabulary terms are scattered throughout the booklet, which also includes an engaging story that explains why Pluto is no longer a planet.
USRA's team developed Destination Discovery with the ambitious hope to develop a youthful declaration of: "I want to be an astronaut when I grow up" into a career of scientific exploration or an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Rori Borealis (namesake of the famous northern lights) and her pal, Scope, guide kids through educational activities and reveal the fun of learning about space. USRA hopes young girls find Rori to be a relatable, science-loving, young woman who is able to form their early interests for STEM fields, in which females are historically underrepresented.
Since its launch in September 2011, the space-themed book has reached elementary schools in the states of Virginia and Maryland, the National Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., and was part of the White House's "Joining Forces" initiative at an event hosted at Andrews Air Force Base. Rori and Scope think their activity book is so cool, USRA's Destination Discovery team hopes kids think so too.