STEAM Learning Blasts Off With Interactive Experience From LEGO® Education During Artemis I Launch
We're bringing the Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series to life with an immersive, STEAM-focused experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex during the Artemis I launch.
As part of the Artemis I launch, LEGO® Education invites kids, families, teachers, schools, and STEAM enthusiasts to LEGO® Education Go for Launch, an interactive, STEAM learning experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex open daily August 26-29 (subject to change based on launch timing) in the Debus Conference Center. Much like the series, LEGO Education Go for Launch will provide an immersive, hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) learning experience to help two LEGO Education minifigures, Kate and Kyle, prepare for launch.
Through the onsite experience, visitors will learn about the Artemis I program and what it takes to launch a rocket around the Moon, all while engaging in STEAM learning activities such as designing, prototyping, and testing using familiar LEGO bricks and LEGO Education learning solutions. The experience features three learning modules from Build to Launch: Getting to Space, Testing and Transport, and Working in Space. The experience takes about 10 minutes to complete with each visitor going through three fun, hands-on missions to successfully complete Kate and Kyle’s pre-flight checklist.
All of this is leading up to the real-life launch of Artemis I, which is scheduled to launch Monday, August 29 with some special “crew members”: LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime minifigures Kate and Kyle! These brave minifigures served as the command pilot and mission specialist in the Build to Launch series and will be onboard the unmanned Artemis I mission traveling around the Moon and back in 42 days.
In addition to the special launch experience, visitors of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are invited to visit the official LEGO Education Build to Launch exhibit featuring interactive displays and hands-on activities based on the series. Guests can also enjoy the free-build table to stretch their own engineering skills and a photo-op that lets them become a member of the LEGO® Space Team.
“It has been inspiring to see students around the world learn about Artemis I and discover the possibilities in STEAM through the Build to Launch series. With this launch, we are going to send Kate and Kyle to space in a once in a lifetime real-world application for students and look forward to sparking even more joy, curiosity, and a love of learning in the next generation of STEAM and space explorers," said Dr. Jenny Nash, Head of Education Impact U.S., LEGO Education.
Guests can visit LEGO Education Go for Launch and the Build to Launch exhibit during the Artemis I launch weekend with the purchase of admission. More details can be found here. The Build to Launch exhibit located inside the IMAX Theater is included with admission as part of the Visitor Center’s regular operating schedule.
Created in collaboration with NASA and released for classroom and at-home learning last year, “Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series” is a free online learning series explores STEAM careers and concepts through Artemis I. Students are introduced to real members of the Artemis team, as well as the LEGO Space Team of minifigures. The 10-week Build to Launch learning series is available for free online anytime at LEGOeducation.com/BuildtoLaunch.