The Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science and Technology Learning (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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Noticing Tools™ Selected as a Science Learning Challenge Winner

NYSCI’s Noticing Tools™, a suite of five math and science apps, has been selected as a Science Learning Challenge winner by NewSchools Venture Fund.

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Noticing Tools™ Press

Here’s what press are saying about NYSCI’s ground-breaking suite of iPad apps.

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World Maker Faire 2015 at New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York

NYSCI Village at World Maker Faire

While you’re at World Maker Faire, be sure to bring the kids to NYSCI Village. This area consists of kid-friendly activities designed by NYSCI staff, interns and partners.

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NYSCI Rings The Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell

On August 17, NYSCI visited the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to ring the Opening Bell and launch Noticing Tools™.

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NYSCI Launches Noticing Tools, Rings Opening Bell

NYSCI has launched Noticing Tools, a suite of apps that give teachers and parents a new option for using technology strategically as a tool for creative learning about complex math and science content.  To mark the occasion, NYSCI was honored with an opportunity to ring the…

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Noticing Tools Now Available in the App Store

NYSCI’s five new iPad apps will motivate students to learn fundamental math and science concepts and give teachers and parents a set of mobile resources that can inspire children’s everyday explorations in the classroom, at home, on the playground or just about anywhere else. Collectively known as Noticing Tools™, the five apps are now available in the App Store.

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Douglas Moore – NYSCI’s New Learning Apps

Doug Moore, NYSCI’s VP of Digital Education Strategy, talks about NYSCI’s new Noticing Tools™.

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SciPlay, in partnership with The Concord Consortium, presents GeniGames, a web-based application that supports the teaching and learning of genetics in high school.

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SciPlay at Maker Faire 2014

On September 20 and 21, NYSCI hosted the 5th annual World Maker Faire New York, our biggest annual event. Described as the greatest show and tell show on earth, there were over 800 exhibits, presentations, and performances by Makers and over 85,000 visitors. This year…

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SciPlay Summer Institute 2014

SciPlay invited 18 New York City middle school science teachers to take part in the SciPlay Summer Institute at NYSCI in August 2014. The goal was to explore the use of playground experiences to teach middle school science, such as topics on energy, simple machines, motion, and force….

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SciPlay and Design Lab have been working hard to create a suite of apps for release in the app store to help support playful and engaging STEM learning.

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“This Is The Physics Lesson Of The Future”

Fast Company checked in with NYSCI’s Harouna Ba and Local Projects’ Jake Barton as they tested the latest prototype of our soon-to-be-available Physics app. “I think sometimes technology does a better job of showing [physics] than actually having someone talk about the concept,” Ba says….

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SciPlay Summer Institute: Call for teachers

SciPlay is seeking middle school science teachers for their Summer Institute. The Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science and Technology (SciPlay) 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…

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SciPlay Physics Noticing Tools: what you need to know

The SciPlay Physics Noticing Tools allow kids to notice the physics in their everyday life. The tools were designed for students and teachers in NYC to learn more about middle school physics. First, kids capture video of themselves in a performance, sport, play activity, or…

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SciPlay at 2014 NYCMER Conference

On Monday, May 12, 2014, some of the SciPlay team attended the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable annual conference and presented a poster describing the evolution of the SciGames project, now known as the SciPlay Physics Noticing Tool. NYCMER organizes an annual conference for…

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New SciPlay App Needs Teachers

Be a part of the SciPlay Physics Noticing Tool (PNT) research. SciPlay PNT is a mobile app that will reveal the hidden physics of the playground. With a little technology, SciPlay PNT can turn typical playground activities into powerful educational tools. We’ve worked with designers…

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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 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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“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?

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