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.
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
Toy models of the human body
Still signs of this action in schools today – not known as just a trend