A group of PhD students from University College London, Tsinghua University and Peking (Beijing?) University met a challenge to build an atomic force microscope using LEGOs. Really.
Meanwhile, American kids combine LEGO sets so Indiana Jones can face off against Darth Vader. Okay, I'm not playing fair here, but it's the usual kind of whine you hear about education. (grin)
The laboratory of the future is here and it uses LEGOs and 3D printers.