Within the Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series, LEGO Education SPIKE Prime minifigure characters will travel to space aboard the Orion spacecraft.
November 29, 2021
LEGO Education has launched two minifigures – Kate and Kyle, who will travel to space on the uncrewed Artemis I mission as part of its collaboration with NASA on Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series. With the free, 10-week digital learning series, the minifigures’ space travel will help further spark student curiosity and engagement in the field of STEAM.
Along with Kate and Kyle on Orion, there will be LEGO City minifigures Julia and Sebastian. The Artemis I mission is the first integrated launch of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) mega-rocket to send the Orion spacecraft around the Moon and back to Earth ahead of future flights with astronauts.
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“Sending Kate and Kyle to space is an exciting culmination of the Build to Launch learning series and truly is a once-in-a-lifetime real-world application for students,” said Esben Stærk, president of LEGO Education. “Kate and Kyle are not only familiar to those using SPIKE Prime, but as minifigures they are recognizable and relatable for many students around the world. Our hope is that including Kate and Kyle in this space mission will excite students about the possibilities of STEAM careers and engage them in their own learning journey.”
Throughout the 10 weeks, students will explore critical components that go into a successful launch while building important 21st-century skills like collaboration and critical thinking. The interactive episodes and open-ended prompts will guide students through three learning themes: Getting to Space, Testing and Transport, and Working in Space.
In the series, each Space Team minifigure represents a real-life counterpart, such as a command pilot (Kate) and mission specialist (Kyle), to help students better understand the diverse roles, backgrounds, and skillsets within the Artemis I team.
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