First, the Lego “research institute” set is so awesome, it sold out in three days. I’m glad I ordered mine the second they came out, because my daughter is completely enthralled. We’re stretching it out and building one of the sets each night as a treat after dinner. Toy manufacturers just got a very clear message that there is huge demand for better toys for girls. I’ll bet the pink and purple “Lego Friends” sets made to sell on the “pink aisle” didn’t sell out in three days!
The set is marked “10 and up” but like most toys, it’s probably over-estimated to keep them safe from lawsuits. I would say a much younger kid could build this alone. There are a lot of the absurdly tiny Lego pieces in the set, so it’s actually a good activity for a parent and a four-year-old to build together. I read the directions and act as coach/director, and she uses her better-sized little fingers to put the tiny pieces together.
Second, if you didn’t see it in the news, a woman won the Fields Medal today for the first time in history. The Fields Medal is awarded every four years, and only to mathematicians under 40. Today it was announced that this year Stanford’s Maryam Mirzakhani won. From what I understand, for mathematicians it’s sort of like winning the Nobel Prize and the Olympics rolled into one.
So, yeah… it’s a great day, ladies!