The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for children and families have been an annual tradition in the UK since 1825, when they were started by Michael Faraday, whom we discussed in our LEGO workshop with the Smart Spinner.
This past year's series was called "Sparks will fly: How to hack your home." The title is a little bit of a misnomer, but the lectures themselves are a lot of fun and quite educational.
Luckily for us, we can now watch them online at the RI Channel. Pictured above is Prof. Danielle George demonstrating a LEGO robot with a smart phone brain that can solve a Rubik's Cube in under 5 seconds.
The grand finale of this episode features a robot orchestra performing the theme music from "Doctor Who." Another episode culiminates in the transformation of an office building's facade into a giant game of Tetris.
I recommend watching the lectures with the entire family. If you're interested at all in technology and science, the programs are highly inspirational and very entertaining. In fact, anyone who attended the January LEGO workshop will recognize some of the experiments that were directly inspired from this show.
PS. I also recommend browsing around on the Royal Institution website. It's a well-designed site with lots of science, history, and even games. Of particular interest is the companion page to the Christmas Lectures. It'a called Things to Do with Stuff, and features several science projects for kids to do at home with common household items.