An engineer friend of mine recently extolled to me the virtues of Legos for teaching math and engineering concepts to children.
As he talked, I thought back to my experiences with Legos, which had been somewhat limited and mostly involved building square house shapes and furnishing them with benches and tables. I realized that even as a girl raised in a fairly feminist, evolved family, my first real experience with a schematic really didn't come until I was a teenager when for a while I built and painted model airplanes.
She learned. So. Much. She accomplished something really interesting, and fairly difficult (I know because I’ve helped out with a number of those things myself). She played aliens with her twelve year old brother, and built things with him, and they so very, very rarely play together anymore.See also Pink Bricks are not new in LEGO