LEGOs and NASA, a Natural Synergy
What could be more natural fit than NASA, LEGOs and kids? Just take a look at the International Space Station – LEGO-like construction at its grandest! And what child can't resist the temptation to start creating when presented with a colorful pile of LEGO bricks?
With the launch of two LEGO NASA shuttles onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery for STS-133, NASA and the LEGO Group, which is headquartered in Denmark, kick-off a three year partnership to introduce children to the world of science and engineering. More specifically, the purpose of the union of these two renowned organizations is to encourage children to learn about science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM.
"Partnering with The LEGO Group is a perfect fit. We have taken the excitement of NASA's missions and coupled that with kids' love of creating things with the iconic LEGO bricks," said Leland Melvin, NASA's associate administrator for Education. "These projects not only foster creativity but also instill in the young builders a real sense of the engineering and design principles that NASA uses every day. Fun learning activities like these can help inspire kids to become the next generation of explorers."
Space Shuttle Endeavour, on the last slated shuttle mission, STS-134, will carry into orbit a larger version of the space shuttle kit and two kits which will make up the International Space Station. The program has over a dozen planned projects scheduled for the next two years and new kits that are released will include NASA related educational materials.