2017 ASTC Annual Conference (October 21-24)

Closing the Play Gap for Social Change: Lessons from beyond Science Centers

Monday, October 23, 2017: 9:15 AM-10:30 AM
Convention Center
Session Leader:
Carol Tang, Children's Creativity Museum
Session Moderator:
Carol Tang, Children's Creativity Museum
Devon Hamilton, Playful Content, Caroline Ingeborn, Toca Boca and Jenni Martin, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Children have less unstructured playtime than they did twenty years ago, and troubling research suggests that children in high-income families experience more "quality playtime" than those from under-resourced ones. Science Centers can intentionally bridge this gap through design, programs, and practices that can yield positive youth outcomes.