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. The teachers discovered how to engage students in playful, fun, and science-rich experiences that can motivate them to explore the physics in their world. The teachers also discovered playful ways to teach physical science activities using the NYSCI Science playground, local playgrounds and in classrooms.

Watch the video to see more on what our teachers had to say about the workshop, and view images of the event here.

The Sciplay Summer Institute video was directed, produced and edited by Alyssa December, and produced by NYSCI’s Explainer TV.

SciPlay are currently seeking New York City 6th and 7th grade teachers to test our physics app in their classrooms. Email Laura at for more information and to request lesson plans for your next visit to the NYSCI Science Playground.