EarthSpace educational system

The EarthSpace Educational System is based on the scientific but people-oriented education (SPOE), which is a multidisciplinary global framework that has been tailored to address the needs of specific cultures while forming an interface between science and non-science disciplines. This unique concept combines science, technology, engineering and mathematics with environmental awareness, arts, and humanities (ST[H]EAM). It takes into account the wholeness of people and our increasingly global environment (Faiyetole et al., 2011; Faiyetole, 2008).

The Young EarthSpace Scientists (yess!)

The Young EarthSpace Scientists program was conceived in 2003 in Strasbourg, working on a 7-man team to reform the Young Lunar Explorers group within the framework of International Lunar Exploration Working Group. The concept came clearer while serving as a national coordinator for education and public outreach of UN’s International Heliophysical Year program, participating at the 2006 Fall Meeting of the AGU in San Francisco. YESS! crystallized while attending the first Heliophysics School-Visiting Scientists Program, organized by NASA and hosted by University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, in 2007.

The research phase of YESS! continued in Nigeria, with scientific space education and outreach programs for schools in Lagos, and Ogun States in 2007. In collaboration with Stanford Solar Center in Palo Alto, the YESS! program developed on scientific but people-oriented education, incorporating science, technology, humanities, engineering, art, and mathematics, as well as environmental conservation was formally inaugurated in Nigeria on 10 October 2007.

yess! vision

The vision is to develop, educate and train future earth and space scientists, non-scientists and environment-aware leaders based on the scientific but people-oriented education.

yess! MIsSion

The mission is to inspire students to pursue scientific careers (science, technology, engineering & mathematics, as well as environmental conservation), and to help them recognize the interrelationships of scientific and non-scientific fields using an earth and space exploration paradigm.

yess! program components

• Art, humanities, as well as environmental conservation in science and technology

• Collaborations and team building with “sister” class in another country

• Scientific research in collaborations with Stanford Solar Center

• Innovativeness and entrepreneurial mindedness

• Career and mentoring opportunities

• Global citizenry awareness

• Leadership development


“About a decade ago I was privileged to be a part of the Young EarthSpace Scientists (YESS!), and even served as the vice president of the Club in my secondary school in Ogun State, Nigeria.

This exposure at such a young age as a member of YESS!, gave me an edge and a platform to participate in the NASA Space Art competition among many other opportunities, which changed my outlook about life and made me want more from it.

Altogether I went to a public school in a semi urban local government, today I am a graduate of Medicine and Surgery among many other things, and having been a member of YESS! has, in a lot of ways, refined my thinking and modified my approach to life.

I would therefore recommend this initiative to younger students.”

YESScientist Oluwakemisola Mary Agoyi, MBBS (Lagos); Co-founder and project manager, Safer Hands Health Initiative; Co-founder and project coordinator, The Sanitary Aid Initiative; Journalist and editor-in-chief, University of Lagos News (Unillag News). 

“I have been an active team member of the EarthSpace Scientist Program for over a decade now, and currently hold a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, graduating amongst the top 20 in my class.

My reason for choosing to study Theoretical Physics in college was as a result of the knowledge gained during the Young EarthSpace Scientist (YESS!) program in 2007.

The most memorable moment for me was when I was nominated to handle data analysis for the Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) monitor. This experience further aided my knowledge and passion for information technology.

Another strong learning from the interesting sessions, which has helped in my daily affairs, is the lesson to always be innovative, dauntless, and have a willingness and determination to go extra mile to achieve set goals.

Ayodele Faiyetole has been an exceptional mentor to me, he made me realize how similar we were in so many ways. His kindness, willingness to share experiences and wisdom are all qualities that I have learnt. Our regular conversations have helped me grow immensely to the point that I was confirmed the honour of a Certified Fraud Examiner having worked for 3 years in the finance industry.

My advice to others in the program is to have fun, learn from each other, enjoy the experience and ensure they impact the world.”

YESScientist Munir A. Salau, CFE.

“Some years back I was one of the pioneer members of Young EarthSpace Scientists (YESS!) in my secondary school – Iganmode Grammar School, Ota, Ogun state, Nigeria.

I learnt about so many things; about the earth and the galaxy, I participated in SpaceSoc contest, and NASA Art competition and since then been following updates about NASA and other space agencies.

I have achieved so many things and I’m currently studying for my Master’s degree. Being a member of YESS! has improved my insight on so many things.

I recommend this Club to students.”

YESScientist Bukola Nofisat Akinremi; Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering; B.Sc. Microbiology; M.Sc. Tourism and Development (in view); Artiste manager; Member, #teachSDGs; Member, LEO Club International.


If you are interested in sponsoring EarthSpace Academy or having a YESS! program hosted in your institution please contact the founder and program director Ayodele Faiyetole:

Phone: +234 (0) 803 2455 663


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