Logan Jaeren is a professional software designer with 30+ years producing educational, enterprise and mobile applications. His professional pursuits merged with his personal passion for education by promoting STEM in general and more specifically inspiring girls and young women to seek a career in a STEM field. He has facilitated technical training for STEM educators and their students on the art and science of coding for the web.
His personal interest in human spaceflight and space exploration has led him to sponsor girls to attend Space Camp, and his love of space exploration patches has resulted in the donation of over a thousand mission patches to STEM educators around the world, promoting student-led research in a space related STEM field. He presented at the 2023 Space Exploration Educators Conference in Houston, using storytelling and patches to spark curiosity that inspires engagement with STEM, sharing personal stories from space artists and astronauts about their patches to create a personal experience and greater insight into the design of emblems.
Logan’s lifelong enthusiasm for space has led him to collect and publish human interest stories about spaceflight and space exploration represented by patches of missions, discoveries, operations, accomplishments, and commemoration. Logan has collected the origin story of mission patches from space artists and astronauts to create a bridge between the patch and STEM. Logan states, “Knowing the story of the design of a patch offers insight into the human condition and the people that endeavor to achieve the goals represented by the patch. Stories I can share about the Apollo 11, STS-133 or the latest Artemis patch, to name a few, will result in never viewing those emblems the same way. It is my hope that the stories I share will spark curiosity in educators and their students to want to know more about the mission, the people and the STEM fields involved to make it happen.”
Visit Logan’s website SXPatches.com for lots of information on space mission patches.