Build the FutureIt appears that the reports of the demise of the U.S. space program are greatly exaggerated. Just look at the plans for the STS-133 mission found here! If I were a kid, I'd find the whole idea of an International Space Station, and its resident Robonaut 2 (a.k.a. R2), to be fascinating.
Students used LEGOs to 'Build the Future' at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. The 'Build the Future' event was part of pre-launch activities for the STS-133 mission.
NASA and The LEGO Group signed a Space Act Agreement that features educational games and activities designed to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
To keep space programs going, we must educate our kids in science, and thus projects such as the joint NASA/The LEGO® Group program. Check out the LEGO Education site for educational activities.
Look for some of these books on your next visit. They will lead you, and your children, toward becoming science literate:
Angier, Natalie. The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science [500 ANG].
Science for All Children: A Guide to Improving Elementary Science Education in Your School District [372.3 SCI].
Williams, Robert A. Mudpies to Magnets: A Preschool Science Curriculum [372.3 WIL], also More Mudpies to Magnets: Science for Young Children by Elizabeth A. Sherwood [372.3 SHE].