Collection Item Summary:
This Young Astronauts digital watch was created as a part of the educational program launched by the White House in 1984 to encourage schoolchildren's interest in science and math. A Young Astronauts television program was shown in schools across the country and chapters of the Young Astronauts Program formed in schools and communities.
The watch was collected by Nancy Yasecko, a filmmaker who grew up in Florida near Cape Canaveral, and whose film "Growing Up with Rockets," released in 1985, is a personal memoir of growing up in the shadow of the United States' civil human spaceflight program. The watch is part of a collection of artifacts that Yasecko donated to the Museum in 2012 along with a copy of the film, which is held by the Museum's film archives.