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Cambridge University moves toward hiring 'Lego professor' to study play

The professor of Lego would serve as director of a proposed Research Center on Play in Education, Development and Learning.

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Ben Hooper
Children and adults play with Lego blocks at LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition Sept. 4, 2010. File Photo by Alexis C. Glenn/UPI
Children and adults play with Lego blocks at "LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition" Sept. 4, 2010. File Photo by Alexis C. Glenn/UPI | License Photo

CAMBRIDGE, England, June 12 (UPI) -- Britain's prestigious Cambridge University announced a proposed plan to hire a "Lego professor" to study the role of play in education with a grant from the Lego Foundation.

The school's General Board revealed the Lego Foundation, which aims to promote learning through play, has offered Cambridge University a $3.9 million grant to fund a "Lego Professorship of Play in Education, Development and Learning" at the school.

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The foundation also offered the school a $2.3 million grant for a Research Center on Play in Education, Development and Learning "to which the Lego professor will be appointed director," the General Board said in a report on the proposal.

The General Board recommended the school follow through on creating the position, which would be officially established Oct. 1 of this year.

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