So all freshmen are assigned to a faculty advisor who helps them make decisions about choosing classes. Each faculty advisor comes with an associate advisor, which is an upperclassman who acts as a something of a mentor to all the innocnet and clueless froshies. This convenient relationship sometimes takes place in the form of an advising seminar, where 7 or 8 innocent and clueless froshies bond together over an interesting but random seminar topic.
My advising seminar is called “Designing Kids Technologies,” and it takes places in E15-001, aka The Lego Learning Laboratory.
E15-001 is officially the single coolest room I’ve ever seen. It’s so cool, that I’ve decided to devote an entire entry to it.
First things first. This is what you seen as soon as you walk into the Media Lab, building E15:
Maybe I’m just weird, but I think that wall looks really cool.
As you descend to E15-001:
(if you haven’t figured out the number system yet, E15 signifies the building, the first digit indicates the floor (the basement, in this case), and the last two digits give the room number)
Ok I’m done making you look at walls. We’ll graduate from walls to doors. Here is the first glimpse you get of the Lego Learning Lab:
a quite impressive Lego collection. (Oh, and that red thing that’s cut off to the left of the photo- that’s a phone booth. For serious.)
If you walk through the door and look to your left, you see….
Yes. Yes, that is in fact what you think it is. A monkey made entirely out of Legos.
You know, you can get a UROP here? I mean c’mon, who wouldn’t want to work here? There’s a disco ball made out of CDs and everything!
And hey, even the stairs are cool:
Check back later for some (hopefully cool) information about what actually happens in there.
I’ve found that it’s sometimes easy to forget that this place is actually a school….