The Origins of Lego Bricks

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve either played with Legos or you’ve watched your children play with them. In my case, both are true. What’s not to love about taking a box of parts and creating something new and exciting? Something that nobody in the world has ever built in exactly the same way.

Lego is coming out with their latest and greatest robotics kit, the “Lego Mindstorms EV3” this fall and the maker community as well as the robotics community in general is salivating at the thought.

As the anticipation mounts for the new kit, I remembered a YouTube video I saw a while back with my son, The LEGO┬« Story. I find it fascinating and I truly admire both the original owner of Lego, Ole Kirk Christiansen, and his son Godtfred, both of whom worked tirelessly to create a children’s toy of the highest quality. In fact, the motton of the Lego Group was and still is “det bedste er ikke for godt”, which means “only the best is the best”. Based in Billund, Denmark the company started out selling wooden toys but started selling the plastic bricks in 1947. Check out the article on Wikipedia for the whole story.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the video. Below that is a video of my son doing a “review” of one of his Lego projects.

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