TL is run by an exceptionally intelligent and relentlessly devoted team; this much is obvious. What makes this organization unique, if you ask me, is not just the intellectual horsepower of the group (as co-creators of the LEGO and Alice technology), but the group's dedication to providing high quality STEM learning experiences for traditionally underserved students in this field - particularly girls and students from low-income families.
About 30 years ago, I had a terrific science teacher who provided us with plenty of hands-on learning opportunities, like dissecting owl pellets and reconstructing the bones to discover the content of its last meal. But this was at a private girls school, and as much as I wish all students had enlightening science classes, they do not. I want to do what I can in this world to make school interesting for kids, to tap into children's natural passion to discover the world around them.