Lego and NASA have officially embarked on a three-year partnership to help inspire kids to be more creative and to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math.
For the first project, part of the STS-134 mission in February, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) will build objects live on a video feed, while schoolkids build similar objects, so the students can see the differences in how objects behave on Earth and in space. Space shuttle Endeavour will carry nine specialized kits to the station in February during the STS-134 mission. Working with them inside a see-through glove box so the small pieces don’t get lost in the station, Astronaut Cady Coleman will assemble LEGO blocks into models and working machines.
Two small LEGO shuttles are packed inside Discovery for the STS-133 launch to promote the new partnership.
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