who works in the technology field herself, Jessica knows
all too well that not many children are exposed to robotics
at an early enough age — something
she wanted to make sure her children
would get to experience.
Through programs like the LEGO
Mindstorm programming workshop,
NASA is trying to create the next
generation of robotics enthusiasts,
potentially becoming a “launching
pad” to the engineering field for the
young minds who attend the events.
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The workshop for Kennedy Space Center
employee families was very popular. The
instructors had a full crowd for this event
— one of many that took place for the
families that day.
Jennifer Hudson (one of the workshop leaders) went around
the room helping some of the families, while Lynn Dotson
gave instructions from the front of the room.
The teachers projected the software onto an interactive white
board while teaching the children how to use it. It is very easy
software to navigate, allowing most of the parents to step back
while the kids learned to program the robots on their own. Children broke out into huge smiles as the hard work they
had put into programming the robots began to pay off. It was
very inspiring to see the genuine interest the kids were taking
in robotics during the workshop. Perhaps some of the kids
who attended these sessions will grow up to become some of
the best and brightest engineers one day.