During the Cold War Russia launched it’s first successful artificial satellite, known as Sputnik. This launch during the Cold War created a sense of panic for the United States and was the kick off of the Space Race.

(19) U.S.S.R., Moscow, temporary Russian exhibit

Impact on Education:

HUGE push for American students to start excelling more than ever in subjects such as math and science. (20)

  • Schools received higher funding for schools to teach math and science classes during the summer

  • Baby boomers were the first generation to be a marketing target of educational toys

    • Telescopes

    • Chemistry sets

    • Toy models of the human body

  • Still signs of this action in schools today – not known as just a trend