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Cambridge University To Offer Lego Professorship

06/15/2015 05:00 pm ET | Updated Jun 16, 2015
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Is this your dream job? The Lego Foundation, which owns 25 percent of the Lego company, is endowing a Lego professorship and research center at Cambridge University.

The Lego Foundation gave Cambridge 2.5 million British pounds (about $3.9 million) to endow a "professorship of play in education, development, and learning," according to the Cambridge University Reporter.

An additional 1.5 million pounds (about $2.3 million) will establish a research center within Cambridge's Department of Education to study the role of play in childhood development and learning.

Lego did not immediately respond to a question about whether the center will feature Lego products in any of its research.

Scientific evidence suggests that play helps children learn and benefits their cognitive development. "The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain," Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, told NPR.

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