The LEGO Group and LEGO Education
The LEGO Group and LEGO Education Visit Website
The LEGO Group is a family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials for children, employing more than 10,000 people globally. The aim of the company’s products is to "inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow", and all products are based on the underlying philosophy of learning and development through play. It is the LEGO philosophy that "good quality play" enriches a child’s life and lays the foundations for later adulthood. LEGO® products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.
The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities through three divisions: the toy division, the education business and the Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.
LEGO Education is the division within the LEGO Group that plays a decisive role in promoting playful learning to educators. We transform the future of education through playful learning and enable every student to succeed. By providing a combination of relevant curriculum, the LEGO system of bricks, and a creative approach to teaching, we deliver a unique hands-on system for learning. With this approach, we believe that student success is better enabled through playful learning experiences, which are designed to build skills as well as knowledge and to promote a positive mindset towards education.
LEGO Education resources span the continuum from preschool through university and provide valuable lessons in all curriculum subjects from STEM to humanities, language and literacy.
National Geographic Visit Website
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through National Geographic and other magazines, National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, films, books, DVDs, radio, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
Scientific American Visit Website
Scientific American is at the heart of Nature Publishing Group’s (NPG’s) consumer media division, meeting the needs of the general public. Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S. and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media. Together with scientificamerican.com and 14 local-language editions around the world, it reaches more than 5 million opinion-leading citizens, public and private sectors influential, educators and scientists. Scientific American won a 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Other titles include Scientific American MIND (US), Spektrum der Wissenschaft (Germany) , Investigacion y Ciencia (Spain), le Scienze (Italy), Global Science (China) and Scientific American Brasil (Brazil) .
Scientific American is committed to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and to promoting wider engagement among the public and scientists. In September 2010 NPG became a member of Change the Equation, a CEO-led initiative to cultivate widespread literacy in STEM in the U.S., as part of President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign.
In 2011 Scientific American launched several programs in support of the initiative’s goals. Bring Science Home, an ongoing weekly program, provides parents and school age children with simple projects that explain basic science principles they can do at home in just a few minutes. In Citizen Science, Scientific American has created an online platform for children and adults to participate in ongoing scientific research conducted by major research institutions. Scientific American, in partnership with The Zooniverse, launched the whale-song project, Whale FM, which enables “citizen scientists” to help marine researchers better understand how killer whales and pilot whales communicate. With the 1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days program, Scientific American has created a portal where educators can connect with scientists who have agreed to volunteer their time to benefit STEM education, perhaps by volunteering in a classroom or explaining the latest in research. To encourage science-literacy in children, Scientific American launched our popular blog, Budding Scientist, lead by contributor Anna Kutchment. Scientific American is also a media sponsor and participant in the biennial USA Science & Engineering Festival.
In 2015 Scientific American launched The Scientific American Innovator Award, which honors a project in the biology, chemistry, physics, or behaviorial and social sciences. Scientific American is also a proud sponsor of The Community Impact Award, which honors a project that makes a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge.
Virgin Galactic Visit Website
Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, is democratizing access to space for the benefit of life on Earth. Founded by Sir Richard Branson and owned by the Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS, Virgin Galactic is developing flights to space for private astronauts, research experiments, and satellites.
The astronaut experience will include out-of-seat weightlessness and stunning views of Earth from space onboard SpaceShipTwo, the reusable spaceplane designed for Virgin Galactic by aerospace pioneer Scaled Composites. Using the core technologies proven by SpaceShipOne, the only private vehicle in history to carry astronauts in space, SpaceShipTwo has been designed to carry two pilots and as many as six astronauts, or more than 1,000 pounds of experiments on its commercial flights from New Mexico's Spaceport America.
Additionally, LauncherOne — Virgin Galactic’s orbital launch vehicle — will carry satellites as large as 200kg into Earth orbit for historically low prices. SpaceShipTwo, LauncherOne, and the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft are manufactured and tested in Mojave, Calif. by Virgin Galactic’s wholly owned sister organisation, The Spaceship Company.
Thank you to all of the educator organizations who have supported us this year.
- TechWomen, IIE
- ABRIC (Brazil Association of Science Innovation)
- Ready Salted Code
- Akili Dada
- Science Buddies
- Proje Okulu
- Smart Futures
- Jugend Innovativ
- Science Gallery
- National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS)
- Islamic World Young Scientists Academy (IYSA)
- Science Society of India
- VousNousIls.fr l'e-mag de l'éducation
- Teach For America
- Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology
- National STEM Centre
- Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)
- Tomorrow's Engineers
- Centrum Nauki Kopernik
- Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej
- British Science Association
- American Association of Physics Teachers
- The Young Academy of Sweden
- Science Underground
- Ciencia Puerto Rico