Episode 181: How Would You Send a Message to an Extraterrestrial?

Meet the Expert: Julia Brodsky, astrobiology education researcher and STEM ED lead at Blue Marble Space Institute

Julia Brodsky


Julia Brodsky is a STEM education researcher at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, a former NASA astronaut instructor, an independent school teacher, a math education book author, an educational consultant for gifted students, a University of Maryland lecturer in astrobiology, a homeschooling mom of three, and a parent of a young adult with special needs. Julia’s academic training is in astrophysics and science education. As the founder of the Art of Inquiry – an interactive online science program for curious pre-teens – Julia introduces students to space exploration, astrobiology, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence as means for developing their scientific reasoning, systems thinking, and questioning skills. Along with her amazing co-founders, Dr. Yulia Turchaninova, and Dr. Sasha Kaurov,  Julia is a founder of an Earthlings Hub non-profit educational initiative serving displaced children in Ukraine. She also volunteers for the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles.


Want to learn more about the Earth and life on our planet versus others? Check out this awesome website! 

Blue Marble Space Institute of Science


Julia is the founder of Art of Inquiry, where kids can learn more about space and the universe. It’s an online space science program for kids Learn more below!! 





Challenge: Draft a message to an ET. What would you say? How would you say it? How would you deliver it? 

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Aliens World book

Alien Worlds: Your Guide to Extraterrestrial Life by David A. Aguilar

Are we alone? Or could life on alien worlds really exist? David A. Aguilar, space artist extraordinaire, shows readers what creatures living on extrasolar planets might be like, using real science and stunning otherworldly illustration.

Just as Earth creatures have adapted to use the air, water, gravity, and other elements of Earth, creatures on planets orbiting distant stars would adapt to their environments. In Alien Worlds, David A. Aguilar explores seven types of alien-friendly worlds and the fun ways the creatures would adapt to the conditions. Accompanied by beautiful photo-realistic artwork, this book will open any kid’s eyes to the likelihood that we are not alone.




Book List: 

DK Readers: Invaders From Outer Space by Philip Brookes (Author)

Where Are the Aliens?: The Search for Life Beyond Earth by Stacy McAnulty (Author), Nicole Miles (Illustrator)

Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean by Bradley Hague (Author)

What Do We Know About Alien Abduction? by Kirsten Mayer (Author), Who HQ (Author), Tim Foley (Illustrator)

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