Saturday, May 10, 2014

Book Review: LEGO Space: Building the Future...

          Space, Star Trekkies, Battlestar Galactica, LEGO fans, and even science teachers this is definitely the book for you, LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid & Tim Goddard, No Starch Press, 2013. The title itself is not far from the truth, with LEGO elements actually being used to design prototypes of space equipment, and craft; as well as LEGO elements being sent into space (LEGO minifigs on NASA Jupiter Probe, and Building the LEGO Discovery: International Space Station while in space on the actual International Space Station). The European Space Agency (ESA) has been working on a LEGO prototype of a spacecraft that will be built and sent into space to try and take samples from an asteroid.

     This book is unique because it is not just about building LEGO models, it gives a brief history of The Space Age: illustrated with LEGO scenes – awesome.
Then the book blasts off into a storyline that Star Trek fans would love – The Federation, telling a story about a world space federation forming during the mid-21st. Century to explore the wonders of space. Although it is fictional, it includes facts and ideas that are currently being entertained by space agencies such as NASA and the ESA as they look to the future. As the story continues it is wonderfully illustrated with LEGO scenes, models, and descriptions of awesome spacecraft, and excellent building instructions for the smaller, simpler models featured in the book.


     As a former teacher I would have used this book in my classroom, as another tool for teaching. Science teachers teaching Space Science should definitely consider using this book as another resource. I think students would find it interesting to see LEGO models of spacecraft and futuristic space colonies in the book; and teachers, you can try building models for demonstrations during your teaching of the subject or as a hands-on activity having students build models. LEGO elements can definitely be used as another medium for research projects and LEGO Space: Building the Future is a good resource for ideas.

     As a bonus, if you order the book from No Starch Press, you can get a free ebook
for your tablet device, which is great zooming in on pictures of models and building instructions.

     A great book and fun read to add to your collection...

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