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.
Harouna Ba, PhD Director of SciPlay email@example.com 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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