We are honored to be chosen as a Pioneer in the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka Changemaker’s Re-imagine Learning Challenge (#playtolearn) for our Global Cardboard Challenge initiative! Get to know the 30 individuals/organizations working to redefine play and re-imagine learning as we know it.
Congratulations to our fellow pioneers and a huge salute to the passionate army of parents, educators and community leaders who help to organize the Global Cardboard Challenge each year. We’d also like to give a special shout out to this year’s presenting sponsors Mattress Firm and the Boxtrolls as well as our amazing partners reddit, Makedo, littleBits, SparkFun, National Head Start Association, Adobe and Skype in the classroom.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood,” said Mister Fred Rogers, many years ago. The LEGO Foundation and Ashoka share Rogers’ unadulterated belief in the transformative power of play. Play is the way that we learn best, whether the lesson is personal, practical or academic. And that’s true whether we’re 1 years old, belly down on a rug, or shuffling around town at 100.
We also believe that play needs to welcomed and exercised in classrooms, as well as in less-traditional learning spaces, in order to activate the skills young people need to succeed.
Today, we’d like to introduce you to 30 educator-innovators that are using the transformative power of play to unlock learning and development benefits in young thinkers. They’re the Pioneers in the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka’s Re-imagine Learning Challenge, together representing some of our favorite ideas for using play to improve learning outcomes — both in the classroom, where education happens, as well as in the mind, where ideas live, transform and inspire.