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Kids are building rockets from their bedrooms
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Wellington NZ (SPX) Jun 11, 2020

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Peoply, the brainchild of 21-year-old Wellingtonian, Matt Strawbridge, has partnered with Rocket Lab to offer a rocket and space themed online program for kids ages 7-12. Each week, kids delve into a different topic that fosters curiosity and interest in the natural world through exploration and play.

Kids get to explore topics such as building and launching real-life rockets, Rocket Lab missions, the future of space, jobs in space, and even space entrepreneurship. Students join classes by jumping into a live "classroom" with up to six other students around the country. Each class has a "coach" who facilitates, inspires, and supports students.

"We are really excited to launch the Rocket Lab program for kids in New Zealand and the US. Outer space is something that fascinates and entices so many kids all over the world, and this program is designed to help foster this curiosity and discovery of something so much bigger than ourselves", Strawbridge said.

Strawbridge has been obsessed with space and rockets since he was young, which is where the idea for this program came from. 'It's been such a privilege to work with Rocket Lab in developing this content for kids. This program is something that I would have loved to participate in growing up."

Entrepreneurship and thinking differently are themes that run through the program. "Rocket Lab is such an innovative company, and Peter Beck (the CEO) is a leader that I'm really inspired by. He's passionate about entrepreneurship, and so the final lesson of the program is teaching kids all about entrepreneurship and making sure that they know that they can become entrepreneurs, too."

As well as developing important skills such as creativity, communication, and problem-solving, Peoply is designed to connect kids with others. "Enhancing connection and promoting mental wellness couldn't be more important than it is right now."

Kids can attend as many Peoply classes each week as they wish. Other programs include Discovering Your Superpowers, Role Models, and Mindfulness. "We hope that classes can bring a sense of routine and regularity for these kids - just as they would go to dance class or a swimming lesson after school, they can come to Peoply."

Peoply was launched after Strawbridge spent years creating programs for dyslexic kids at his first company, Dyslexia Potential. Strawbridge founded Dyslexia Potential after his experience struggling to navigate the school system while having dyslexia. The Ministry of Education recently announced that Dyslexia Potential programs and resources are going to be available for free, to all families and schools within New Zealand

Related Links
Peoply's Rocket Lab Explorers class
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com

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