Education: Learning with Legos

Do you ever wish that you could get paid just to play with and learn about toys? A university in England is expected to create a professorship and research center to employ people to do just that. Cambridge University has recently been approached with 3 million British pounds (approximately 6.2 million US dollars) by The Lego Foundation to create a professorship and research center at the University dedicated to “play in education, development, and learning,” according to the Cambridge University Reporter. Lego has not yet responded to questions as to whether Lego products will feature in the research that is to be done at the University. Previous scientific studies have provided evidence supporting the theory that play helps children to learn and that it benefits their cognitive development. “The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” said Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. The new professor and research center at Cambridge University would study questions relating to those studied by Pellis and others in an attempt to understand the role of play in education.

Contributor: Katie Campbell

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