ITP | Playful STEM Learning in the School Yard and Community Spaces
February 5, 2021, 12-1:30 pm
ZOOM Virtual Presentation
Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine
Children learn best in active, engaged, meaningful and socially interactive settings, making play an ideal context for learning. This presentation will share findings and future directions from a series of projects that use developmental science to infuse everyday spaces (e.g., bus stops, grocery stores, school yards) with playful STEM learning opportunities. Findings will focus on caregiver-child conversation, interaction and STEM learning. The presentation will also emphasize co-design strategies that invite local community members to become design partners, so installations reflect community values, strengths and learning goals. The objective of these projects is to create scalable informal STEM learning installations in the places and spaces where children and families already spend time.