Area9 Lyceum is an international company, with offices all over the world. Their work focuses on a unique educational method that uses computer algorithms to deliver customised resources and learning, known as adaptive learning.
As well as the investment, both Jamie Beaumont and Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Vice Chair of the LEGO Foundation, will join the Area9 Board of Directors.
“We are delighted to be investing in Area9 Lyceum and their commitment to pushing the boundaries in how learners develop beyond knowledge and towards skills, character and meta-learning, in a way that is very much aligned with our LEGO® vision for Learning through Play,” said Jamie Beaumont, Managing Director of LEGO Ventures.
LEGO Venture’s investment in Area9 Lyceum was part of a funding round that will enable Area9 Lyceum to speed up the development and release of the company’s latest project, Area9 Rhapsode.
“It is with honour and humility that we enter into this relationship with LEGO Ventures,” said Ulrik Juul Christensen, M.D., chairman and CEO of Area9 Lyceum. “Not only is the LEGO Brand among the world’s most respected brands, but its commitment to learning through play is directly in line with our vision for the future of learning. There is a natural synergy between our two organisations, particularly around the importance of education and curiosity to engage learners at all levels and from all backgrounds.”
This is the latest in a series of efforts from the LEGO Group to support and invest in educational programs around the world. Their own LEGO Education program offers teachers the opportunity to learn and develop the tools they need to deliver playful STEAM lessons to children.