30 years of collaboration towards empowering children to be creative thinkers
29 October 2015, Boston, USA: MIT Media Lab celebrates its anniversary with both the LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation by its side.
For the past 30 years, the LEGO Group and the MIT Media Lab have collaborated on projects based on a shared passion for learning through play. Today, the LEGO Foundation and MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group continue this tradition, exploring new ways to engage children in creative, playful learning experiences.
As an anniversary present, the LEGO Foundation CEO, Hanne Rasmussen, today unveiled a Media Lab model made out of LEGO bricks.
“The LEGO Foundation is engaged in research projects all over the world, and the MIT Media Lab partnership illustrates that it is crucial to have an explorative approach to finding out how children best learn. In this approach we look at children as our role models. What we can do as adults is to develop technologies and activities that provide children with new opportunities to design, build, create, and express themselves, empowering them to become creative, engaged, life-long learners. What we need are more examples of how play benefits children’s learning and helps develop crucial skills like creativity and problem-solving. This partnership provides us with exactly that knowledge and it allows us to carry out our work with an ongoing commitment to be curious and explore different solutions in close collaboration with our partners,” said Ms. Rasmussen.
“It is central to our collaboration with Professor Mitch Resnick and MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group to bring creative learning experiences to younger children. It is essential that we always improve ways to empower children to explore, express and share their ideas and interests - and that we show how new technologies can play a role in this, in particular for younger children.”