In 2017, the LEGO Foundation endowed the LEGO Papert Fellowship program in honor of Media Lab founding faculty member Seymour Papert. Each year, the Program in Media Arts and Sciences selects as fellows three graduate students whose work embodies Papert’s legacy of learning, creativity, and play empowered by new technologies.
“Seymour was a revolutionary thinker and innovator, providing new visions of how children can create and learn with new technologies,” says Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, who worked closely with Papert for many years and leads the selection process for the LEGO Papert Fellows. “The LEGO Papert Fellowships help the Media Lab keep alive Seymour’s ideas and spirit.”
The new LEGO Papert Fellows will serve for the 2020-2021 academic year, and will spend one week at LEGO headquarters in Denmark during the fall semester to share ideas and collaborate on projects.
“I am always so excited when we select the LEGO Papert Fellows, and I’m looking particularly forward to work with Guillermo, Shruti, and Nikhil in these unprecedented times where their work, thinking, playfulness and creative energy will be very much needed to support children of all ages to naturally learn across the home and school environment,” says Ollie Bray, Global Director: Connecting Play and Education at the LEGO Foundation.