The LEGO Papert Fellowships, endowed by the LEGO Foundation, are intended to honor the legacy and extend the work of Seymour Papert, one of the founding faculty members of the Media Lab and a pioneer in the development and study of new technologies to support playful, creative learning.
"The educational ideas of Seymour Papert have never been more important, so it’s exciting to announce three new LEGO Papert Fellows who will put Seymour's ideas into practice," 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 new LEGO Papert Fellows will serve for the 2023-2024 academic year, and will spend one week at LEGO headquarters in Denmark during the fall semester to share ideas and collaborate on projects.
“This year’s fellows all share the powerful belief that young people already possess the knowledge and skills to excel, which can be uncovered through creative, playful experiences," says Elisabeth McClure, Evidence Specialist at the LEGO Foundation. "This fundamental trust and respect for youth is more important than ever, and it is a pleasure to support these rising leaders as they develop their purpose and craft."