Imagine back to 1932 in Billund, Denmark, when Ole Kirk Kristiansen, a Danish carpenter, came up with the idea to make toys like…

(The original LEGO duck…)

and of course, the product you all probably know better…

(What a perfect design…)

Could you even conceive that this company, LEGO, which is a merger of the Danish phrase, Leg Godt, or play well, would become the international legend it is today? Probably not. Yet, despite all of its successes, the company has maintained its philosophy of providing healthy hours of development, imagination and creativity, all while playing.

On this week’s show, we are taking a look at what LEGO can do to improve education with some of the world leaders in this realm. You can find this episode at our home location, The Curiouscast website.

We get things started with one of the champions for LEGO as an educational resource…

(Dr. Chris Rogers)

By day, he is the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts but by afternoon, he’s all about the LEGO with that University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. He has developed programs that span the educational realm – including teachers – giving everyone a chance to enjoy LEGO. You could almost say LEGO is in his…

(DNA…to scale by the way)

We next talk with one of the people helping to enable students to take part in LEGO based education. He’s been doing this for years in New Hampshire but his work has inspired people in countries as far away as Ghana. He’s the Executive Director for White Mountain Science Inc. (otherwise known as “Whimsy”) and is a true LEGO champion…

(William Church)

He has been going around the state putting together camps and even has his own mobile lab so he can take LEGO to you. The best part, no experience needed. All you have to do is have an open mind and you too may be able to put a project together that will amaze and inspire others…kinda like this…

(A legend indeed…)

In our SASS class, we learn how you can get involved in LEGO based educational activities with one of the most interesting people you’ll ever get to know…

(Barbara Bratzel)

She’s a science teacher by trade but she has also become a LEGOvangelist! She’s not only working to improve education using LEGO but she also wants everyone out there to learn how. You don’t have to meet her in person to make it happen either. All you need to do is…

(Pick up one of her books)

I had so much fun making this episode and I hope you all enjoy it. If you do, please head over to Apple Podcasts or Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts and give us a rating and maybe a kind review. We’re working on episodes for the year and I guarantee you are going to love every one of them.

Also, if you happen to be heading to the theatres this weekend, don’t forget to catch…

(The inspiration for this epsiode)

If you have a question, comment or idea for the show, let me know in the comments below or by sending me an Email at: thegermguy@gmail.com. I’ve enjoyed virtually meeting some of you and am thankful you are liking the show. I hope maybe one day we’ll all get to know each other and collectively, show some SASS.

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