Director of SciPlay
Harouna Ba, Ph.D. joined NYSCI in November of 2013 as the Director of SciPlay. Dr. Ba has extensive experience in investigating children’s development of digital literacy skills and the impact of complex science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs in formal as well as informal educational settings.
Prior to joining NYSCI, he led several research and evaluation projects about technology and STEM at the EDC’s Center for Children and Technology for 19 years. Through this research work, he has sought to help inform the processes that formal as well as informal institutions use to provide quality and effective learning opportunities to underserved children and adults. Dr. Ba designed, conducted, and managed rigorous quantitative and qualitative research projects focused on the implementation of technology infrastructure and support in K-12 systems statewide and the use of technologies to enhance teaching practices and promote student learning across formal and informal settings. Dr. Ba has an interdisciplinary educational background in the social sciences and humanities with a special focus on children’s exploration of places and learning across multiple settings.
He holds a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center, a Master of Philosophy in psychology from the Graduate School and University Center, a Master of Arts in psychology from Hunter College, and a Master of Philosophy in sociology from the University of Dakar.