How the collaboration between Seymour Papert and Lego began. A floor turtle obeys simple instructions that tell it to go forward, stop, reverse, turn by a certain angle, and so on. When it moves, its built-in pen draws a line. A turtle can draw complex patterns by following simple instructions, while sets of instructions form subroutines that can be infinitely repeated.
Works by Papert People laughed at Seymour Papert in the s, more than half a century ago, when he vividly talked about children using computers as instruments for learning and for enhancing creativity, innovation, and "concretizing" computational thinking.
The idea of an inexpensive personal computer, one for every child, like a notebook and a pencil, was then science fiction. This research led to many firsts.
It was in his laboratory that children first had the chance to use the computer to write and to make graphics to represent geometrical and mathematical concepts. The Logo programming language was conceived, researched, created there, as were the first children's toys with built-in computation such as Lego-Logo.
The Logo company LCSI was founded in Montreal, Canada, and the Logo Foundation was later created to inform people about Logo and to support them in their use of Logo-based software for learning and teaching.
Papert has been considered the world's foremost expert on how technology can provide new ways to learn and teach mathematics, thinking in general, and other subjects.
He had inspired and partnered with teams of researchers and education practitioners who carried out educational projects on every continent, some of them in remote villages in developing countries, developed and developing cities and states, as well as colleges, universities, global corporations, and, yes, even prisons.
Papert had participated in developing the most influential cutting-edge opportunities for children to participate in the digital world.
Papert served on the advisory boards of all my projects and companies. I transformed from student to colleague inand helped him run research, teach classes, guide graduate students, and get funding from grants Apple, IBM, Nintendo, Lego, NSF.
He is also the genius brain behind the LEGO Mindstorms product line which was named after his seminal book Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas. For his last 20 years of life, Papert lived in Maine, where he had founded a small laboratory called the Learning Barn, where his vision was "to develop methods of learning that are too far ahead of the times for large-scale implementation.
In late 90s he spent a large part of his time working in the Maine Youth Center in Portland, the state's facility for teenagers convicted of serious offenses, to teach them the most important skills -- learning and thinking.
Papert's contributions go beyond the field of education.
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LEGO Idea Conference. But Papert was conducting serious research in his capacity as a professor at MIT. This research led to many firsts. It was in his laboratory that children first had .
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