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 Papert laid the foundation for the distinctive Media Lab approach to learning and education," 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. "It’s exciting to announce three new LEGO Papert Fellows who will apply and extend Seymour’s innovative ideas.”
The new LEGO Papert Fellows will serve for the 2022-2023 academic year, and will travel to LEGO headquarters in Denmark during the fall semester to share ideas and collaborate on projects.
“We are so happy that the LEGO Foundation is supporting this remarkable group of fellows!" says Elisabeth McClure, Evidence Specialist at the LEGO Foundation. "I’m particularly excited about the work that Cecilé, Chelsi, and Yun are doing to support the inclusion of all children from all backgrounds in creative, playful learning experiences and communities. We are really looking forward to working together in the coming year.”