On 27 April 2010, I met Martijn Boogaarts for the first time. He had been indicated to me by Steven Canvin from the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® team.
I was working on an educational project around the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta Lander, involving making a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® model of the lander that would resemble the real lander as close as possible and that could simulate some functionalities. I wanted to use it for an educational film. Detlef Koschny from ESA, and his son Julius, had made a nice prototype a few months earlier, but I needed specialists now to make a full working model.
I had managed to get the project supported by ESA, the German Aerospace Center, Europlanet and the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® team and so the time had come to start the preparations for the film.
In the next two months I visited Martijn and his two friends and colleague LEGO® MINDSTORMS® specialists Gerrit Bronsveld and Eric Steenstra regularly, following and recording their progress.
Here is the film that tells the story and shows what drives three grown-up men to play with LEGO.
The film is now part of the pilot educational kit 'Rosetta's Comet Touchdown'. See vimeo.com/channels/rosettascomettouchdown for all details, links to Press Releases and all other films in the kit.
Produced by Lightcurvefilms (© 2010).
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