MIT Researchers Use Legos To Solve Real-Life Problems CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – From the blockbuster movie, to the new Legoland Discovery Center opening in Somerville at the end of the month, the old school children’s toy is a modern day hit. Across the river in Cambridge, there is evidence that Legos are also a hit with researchers. It turns out, the brainiest of the brainiacs at MIT are also Legomaniacs. Ira Winder is a researcher and project manager of CityScience at the MIT Media Lab. He’s using Legos to study the “walkability” of a city. MIT’s Lego version of Kendall Square in Cambridge. A Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Wrongest Products We could almost throw in the 1000 thread count towel and just admit we’ve been insurmountably topped in the Wrongest Product Awards competition. First came the suggestion from a reader following our nomination of the lighted pillow spied in a local outpost of a chain store. (local chain store = oxymoron?) He noticed the proud and iconic “As Seen on TV” logo and mentioned he’d once survived a visit to the As Seen on TV store.
Lego serious play LEGO Serious Play is an innovative, experiential process designed to enhance the generation of innovative solutions. The process is based on the use of common LEGO in order to envision and share thoughts inside a team while discussing about the context and the system in which the new offering has to be positioned. This kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities; moreover LEGO Serious Play deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue. References: (2002), Executive Discovery llc, The science of Lego Serious Play.
Pavlov's Dog Who was Ivan Pavlov? The Russian scientist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov was born in 1849 in Ryazan, where his father worked as a village priest. In 1870 Ivan Pavlov abandoned the religious career for which he had been preparing, and instead went into science. There he had a great impact on the field of physiology by studying the mechanisms underlying the digestive system in mammals. For his original work in this field of research, Pavlov was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1904. By then he had turned to studying the laws on the formation of conditioned reflexes, a topic on which he worked until his death in 1936.
The bricks that keep building - Features – N by Norwegian There are over 400 billion pieces of Lego in existence. That’s more than 80 interlocking Lego toy parts for every person on the planet. Lego now exists on our iPhones and game consoles; and when the trailer went up for The Lego Movie, released early next year, starring Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman, six million people saw it in the first week. However, just 10 years ago the Danish company behind this massive global phenomenon was on the verge of going bust. “In 2003, Lego was universally acclaimed as the greatest toy of the 20th century,” says David Robertson, the author of Brick by Brick, a book on the business behind Lego, “yet the toymaker was months away from insolvency.”
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Tamagocours A digital game to learn the copyright exceptions for teachers in french education. Tamagocours is a serious game that helps teachers trainee to prepare the IT and Internet certificate, level 2 (C2i2e). V 1.0 of the application will soon be available. Lego and Gender Issues Article from BBC News Magazine Tom De Castella has written for BBC News Magazine a story about Lego’s moves on gender stereotypes. Three new Lego figures – all female scientists – have been unveiled. But why does the toy maker’s portrayal of women provoke such controversy? A paleontologist, an astronomer, a chemist – into the pantheon of children’s toys stride three new Lego characters. Not so surprising. Except the scientists are all female. CSR Reports CSR Reports feature and link to recently published, non-financial Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability reports. The CSR Reports page also lists any press releases associated with the publication of a given report. Reports are associated with an issuing CSRwire member. You can also search for reports via our search page. Lafarge Sustainability Report 2014 Issued by: Lafarge