SciPlay

SciPlay

SciPlay

The Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science and Technology (SciPlay), housed at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), is part of NYSCI’s overall mission of transforming science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in the 21st century. SciPlay’s goal is to leverage children’s play for science learning and teaching across multiple settings.

SciPlay subscribes to the idea that children’s ability to engage in natural play and playfulness fuels and sustains their immediate predisposition to be motivated and engaged in specific activities, as well as fosters their creativity (i.e., fluency, flexibility, and originality) later on in life. SciPlay uses research-based strategies to figure out how to foster play and playfulness in the learning and teaching of complex scientific concepts.

SciPlay is developing a suite of research-based resources that draw on (a) children’s physical play as the basis for teaching about complex physics concepts and (b) the use of playfulness as a pedagogical approach for introducing science ideas to children and allowing them to engage in mental play (imagination) across informal and formal settings.

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SciPlay Information Request

Are you a teacher? Student? Parent? Researcher? SciPlay has a range of projects and resources centered around play and playful STEM learning. Fill out the information request to find out more. 

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Sciplay Staff

Harouna Ba, PhD Director of SciPlay hba@nysci.org 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…

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SciPlay Squad (Grades 6–8)

Join SciPlay Squad and become a Junior Designer in this after-school program for grades 6–8. Free; advance registration required.

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“Museums are incubators for powerful new ideas.”

“Science centers have the luxury of never having been very collections oriented and as such more naturally orient around supporting the doing of science wherever possible. In this way, I think science centers have been fairly quick to explore the affordances that technologies can bring…

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Ultimate Dragon Breeding

Can dragons get kids fired up about genetics? We found out today as SciPlay hosted the second GeniGames tournament with students from Health Opportunities High School in the Bronx and Grover Cleveland High School in Queens. Contestants were tasked with breeding dragons and overcoming various…

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MASTER Teacher Residency

NYSCI, New Visions, and Hunter College have partnered to help teachers prepare for the classroom by gaining some real-world experience in and out of the classroom.  Learn more here.

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