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The Fulcher lab is in the early stages of a new project -- a toy library for the families of Rockbridge County! If you have any STEM toys for children of all ages that you'd like to donate, please contact us at

We would greatly appreciate your gently used toys and ideas for toys that promote STEM learning!

Happy holidays from the Fulcher lab! Our developmental research team put together a gift and book guide for this holiday season. We've found books and toys for children ages 3 to 5 that support children's social, cognitive, and spatial development, as well as books that provide new perspectives for young children. We hope you'll find a great gift for your children this holiday season!

Click here to open the full guide:  full gift guide 2018

So far it's been a busy fall for the Fulcher Lab, but we've got plenty more events to look forward to!

Wednesday, October 31: Main Street Lexington's Halloween trick-or-treat! Find us outside the W&L Business Office with candy, a LEGO photo spot, and a LEGO give-away!

Friday, November 2: Fulcher Lab babysitting night! Join us for pizza, games, and toy study participation (with parent permission). Email the lab ( to register!

And, we'll be visiting some Rockbridge county schools teaching lessons on psychology, LEGOs, optical illusions, and more. We hope to see you soon!

This past weekend, we delivered all of the entries from our LEGO Build Day into the Fair Fantastics LEGO competition at the Rockbridge Fair and Expo.

Our builders ROCKED it! We brought back 11 ribbons and one BEST IN SHOW prize! Congrats to the creator of "National Park!"

Many thanks and congratulations to our builders -- be sure to email us to find a time to pick up your prize, and plan on a summer 2019 LEGO Build Day with the Fulcher Lab!

We will!

Come see our Fulcher Lab booth in front of Haywood's this Saturday (August 25th) at the Rockbridge Community Festival from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We'll have LEGO and DUPLO building stations, as well as information on our upcoming community events and research projects for the 2018-2019 school year!

Hope to see you there!


We hope everyone has a great first day of the 2018-2019 school year at Rockbridge County Public Schools!

Our research assistants are still here, so if you're looking for a fun after-school activity one day, email us to sign up for a research session! We have studies for children ages 3 to 10, all of which involve toy play.

We hope it's a great year!