Lego Play as Training for Future Engineers


Smithsonian Magazine has a great piece about Lego’s influence on future engineers via its MIndstorms robotics set, and kids’ exposure to basic engineering principles while participating in First Lego League action:

A recent Brandeis University study shows that kids who participate in robotics contests are more than twice as likely to pursue a career in science and technology, and nearly four times as likely to pursue one in engineering. “The robot is just a vehicle,” [Dean] Kamen says. “In six weeks you can’t give a kid a meaningful education in robotics or technology or engineering. But by building robots, you can build self-confidence and a serious understanding of what life is like for people who work on and solve complex problems. For a lot of kids, robotics has the potential to change where they put their time and attention.”

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