October 2021

Engaging children and young people in creative learning to develop their thinking, their voices and identities

This year’s LEGO Prize recognizes Mitchel Resnick’s work in supporting children’s playful learning

The LEGO Foundation

Champions of playful learning

Mitch and his team at the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab are true champions of learning through play. For years they’ve pioneered creativity, curiosity and imagination in the school system.

"Mitch understands play better than most and he knows how important it is for children across the world"
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Third Generation LEGO Owner & Member of the LEGO Foundation Board

LEGO Prize winner Mitchel Resnick with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen

Sharing a passion for learning through play, the LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation, and the MIT Media Lab have worked together for 35 years exploring how a hands-on, minds-on approach fosters a lifelong love of learning in children.

Mitch’s Lifelong Kindergarten research group has collaborated with the LEGO Foundation to develop technologies and resources that support equitable and engaging approaches to playful, creative learning for educators and children around the world.

"I plan to use the LEGO Prize to help spread the ideas, activities, and technologies of creative learning around the world. But this award is not just for me. It is also for the many people I have worked with over the last 40 years [...] and the millions of children who have taken our technologies in directions we never imagined. We’ve learned as much from them as they’ve learned from us, and I share this prize with all of them. "
Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab

About the LEGO Prize

Every year, since 1985 the LEGO® Prize has been awarded to individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of children. The prize supports the winners with a cash award of $100,000 USD to further research and development within learning through play.

Dive into our latest news, research, blogs and project stories