Press Release

Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation Awarding More Mars Maps to Educators Through Second National Essay Contest

By SpaceRef Editor
December 19, 2016
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Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation will continue providing its highly-praised Giant Destination Mars Map™ educational resource at no cost through a second teacher essay contest hosted on its website. Interested educators may submit a short essay to ShareSpace describing how their ability to inspire children in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math would be enhanced by integrating a Mars Map into their classrooms. As a result of its first contest, Mars Maps are now in over twenty states across the nation.

ShareSpace’s Giant Destination Mars Map™ is an interactive educational tool that promotes active learning. Suited for later-elementary-aged students, the 25’x25′ vinyl floor map — depicting the topography of Mars, its landmarks, and missions to the planet — can be used on any large surface from a school’s gym to a museum’s lobby. “Our kids are the ones who will get us to Mars,” said ShareSpace founder and chair Dr. Buzz Aldrin. “We must invest in the development of their passions for STEAM to spark their imaginations and open up possibilities we have yet to discover.”

The contest will open on the ShareSpace website Tuesday, December 6 and will close Sunday, January 15 at 11:59 PM EDT. Essays will be evaluated by a team of ShareSpace executives and qualified professionals based on need, impact, reach, creativity, and adherence to submission guidelines. To enter, visit ShareSpace Map Contest. For further details about Giant Destination Mars Maps™, including how to sponsor, visit About Our Mars Maps.

About Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation: Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children’s passions for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. ShareSpace provides innovative, interactive educational tools to educators across the country at no cost. Since its relaunch in 2014, ShareSpace has reached more than 50,000 children across the globe through strategic partnerships and engaging, informative programs such as the Giant Destination Mars Map™, and continues to seek new ways of engaging our future explorers and thinkers.

For more information or to support ShareSpace and its mission, please visit  or call (321) 783-6836.

SpaceRef staff editor.