Kennedy Space Center in Florida has teamed up with Lego Education to create a universe-expanding new exhibit all about the space industry.
The display will feature a mix of interactive exhibits and activities that highlight the Space Center’s latest Moon mission while also underlining Lego Education’s popular Build to Launch: A Steam Exploration Series.
The exhibit introduces guests to the Lego Space Team, which turns Lego minifigures into members of the flight and ground crews for the forthcoming new Artemis I rocket that will take astronauts back to the moon.
Through Space Team minifigures in life-sized form—Flight Director Maria, Program Manager Daniel, Engineer Avery and more—visitors will learn how each of their roles is critical to a successful space mission.
There will also be a chance to enjoy the free-build table for testing guests’ engineering skills and a photo opportunity that allows them to become a member of the Lego Space Team.
At the same time, students worldwide in grades K-12 can learn about careers in NASA through the Build to Launch series, which is available online.
From jobs as flight controllers to astronauts and engineers, it explores three educational themes aligned with the Artemis I mission: Getting to Space, Testing and Transport, and Working in Space.
Therrin Protz, chief operating officer for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, explained, “Our primary goal is to educate and inspire the next generation of space explorers, and Lego Education has been challenging young minds for decades.
“The Build to Launch exhibit is a great example of how we engage guests in a fun, colorful, and meaningful way, providing a space to explore the world of Steam while also learning about the latest moon mission.”
Dr. Jenny Nash, head of education impact U.S. for Lego, added, “The learning really comes to life for visitors of the exhibit as they build and interact with the Lego Space Team minifigures they’ve come to know and love through the series, as well as introducing new students, classes, and families to the joy of hands-on playful learning.”