Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Matthias Schmitt

Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Matthias Schmitt
New York, NY USA
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Matthias Schmitt is currently Executive Producer of the award-winning animated kids STEM TV show Space Racers that is shown around the world in 35 different languages. Recipient of a NASA grant to educate the next generation of space explorers, Space Racers follows the cadets of Stardust Space Academy on their fun adventures through the Solar System.  

After receiving the high school graduation prize for physics, Matthias took a detour into finance, barely escaped the Black Hole of "careers without meaning" and used the gravitational slingshot around the accretion disk to find his way back into astronomy and physics.

His favorite observation objects of the outer sciences are eclipses, when he doesn't forget to take off the solar filter during totality, and he likes to explore the inner sciences through Buddhism.

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Explore Alliance Ambassador Matthias Schmitt at an Outreach Event in New York CityMatthias Schmitt at an astronomy outreach event in New York City

Matthias is currently enrolled in the Master Science in Astronomy program at Swinburne University, teaches astrophysics to 8th, 9th, and 10th grade at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, an after-school program in diverse Harlem, and loves doing public outreach with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
 
Through Space Racers, Matthias and his team create activities for families, and lesson plans for educators to create a greater understanding of the universe.
  
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo, Space Racers conducted an essay contest for parents to share their favorite memories of the Apollo era, and partnered with Kennedy Space Center, Explore Scientific, and LEGO for their "When I Was YOUR Age..." event. 
 
Space Racers Apollo 50 "When I was your age..." Event
 
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