Matthew Funke has had a deep interest in space exploration since early childhood, when his parents presented him with a kids' science magazine. That magazine featured a page on Mars that suddenly exposed him to the awe and wonder of space. Not only was Mars "real" (and not the imaginative product of creative fiction writers), but Mars was a "place," a mysterious place to be explored and investigated. This launched a lifelong hunger to learn and share all about humanity's efforts to reach into space.
Matt's opportunities to share his passion with children and adults in speaking venues have been invigorating and fulfilling. As a Solar System Ambassador, Matt seeks to increase his opportunities to learn from those intimately involved with our latest exploration efforts, and also to share that information much more frequently with others.
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
Our Solar System First Grade Class
Exploring Mars Connections (Teen Room)
Life in the Solar System Pre-Eminent Charter School
Making a Space Station Panera
Making a Spaceship for Mars The Forge Initiative
Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:
Plutopalooza North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Astronomy Days NC Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Astronomy Days North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Astronomy Days 2013 NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Astronomy Days NC Museum of Science 10 West Jones Street