The LEGO Papert Fellowships support three graduate students each year who are working at the intersection of creativity, play, learning, and new technologies. Endowed by the LEGO Foundation to honor the legacy of Media Lab founding faculty member Seymour Papert, these fellowships ensure the continuation of Papert’s ideas and efforts in helping children to learn more creatively.
“Seymour Papert laid the foundation for the Media Lab approach to learning, highlighting how people learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing, creating, and experimenting,” says Mitch Resnick, the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the Media Lab and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group. “It’s great how the LEGO Papert Fellowships are enabling current graduate students to build on Seymour’s work and ideas."
Ollie Bray, Initiatives Lead: Connection Play and Education at the LEGO Foundation, adds, “Seymour’s thinking and ideas around constructionism continue to influence so much of what we do at the LEGO Foundation. We always look forward to the thinking and new ideas that the Papert Fellows bring in helping us on our mission to re-define play and re-imagining learning."