– Before joining NASA for a mission to the moon, minifigure members of the LEGO space team are now meeting their fans in a new exhibit at the agency’s spaceport in Florida.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has partnered with LEGO Education to bring to life – or at least life-size – the minifigures featured in the toy company’s popular “Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series.” Produced in collaboration with NASA, the Build to Launch videos feature animated LEGO minifigures playing the roles of NASA astronauts, flight controllers and engineers to help students see themselves in those same careers.
“Students and teachers ignited their passion for STEAM [science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics] through the Build to Launch series and the Artemis I mission by designing and prototyping, problem-solving and collaborating, and exploring STEAM careers,” said Jenny Nash, Head of Education Impact US for LEGO Education, in a communicated. bring it to life only at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex where guests can see the launch of the Artemis mission that inspired the series.”
Artemis I is NASA’s first mission to return a crew-capable spacecraft to the vicinity of the moon since the Apollo missions 50 years ago. Lifting off from NASA’s first Space Launch System (SLS) “mega moon rocket”, an uncrewed Orion spacecraft will spend three weeks flying around the moon before subsequent missions bring astronauts into lunar orbit and to the surface of the moon.
Four LEGO astronaut minifigures, including two members of the LEGO Education space team – Command Pilot Kate and Mission Specialist Kyle – are packed aboard the Artemis I Orion spacecraft to fly on the mission. Similar minifigures are included in LEGO’s current range of building sets based on NASA’s Artemis program blueprints.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex exhibit also features Kate and Kyle, along with Flight Director Maria, Program Manager Daniel, Engineer Avery and other members of the LEGO Space Crew as life-size statues nature built from LEGO toy bricks. Additionally, the Build to Launch display offers a preview of some of the creations students have come up with throughout the ten-week online series.
Guests can also use the free build table to develop their own engineering skills and engage in a photoshoot that earns them the chance to become a member of the LEGO Space team.
“Learning really comes alive for visitors to the exhibition as they build and interact with the LEGO Space Team minifigures they have come to know and love throughout the series, as well as introduce new ones. students, classes and families to joy of hands-on playful learning,” Nash said.
The exhibit complements one of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s goals, which is to educate and inspire the next generation of space explorers, according to Therrin Protze, the complex’s chief operating officer.
“The LEGO Education Build to Launch exhibit is a great example of how we engage guests in fun, colorful and meaningful ways, and provide a space to explore the world of STEAM while learning about the latest lunar mission – Artemis I” , said Protzé.
Now open, the LEGO Education Build to Launch exhibit is included with admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.