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Design Make Play for Equity, Inclusion, and Agency
The Evolving Landscape of Creative STEM Learning

ISBN 9781138572126
Published August 17, 2021 by Routledge
252 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

USD $34.95

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Book Description

This pioneering book offers a resource for educators, policymakers, researchers, exhibit designers, and program developers that illuminates creative, cutting-edge ways to inspire, engage, and motivate young people about STEM learning in both informal and formal education settings.

A follow-up to the popular book Design, Make, Play (2013), this volume combines new research, innovative case studies, and practical advice from the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) to define and illustrate a vision for creative and immersive learning, focusing on STEM learning experiences that are truly equitable and inclusive, and that foster learners’ agency.

Featuring contributions from program developers, facilitators, educators, exhibit designers, and researchers, the book provides real-world examples from informal and formal settings that fill the need for high-quality STEM learning opportunities that are accessible to all learners, including groups underrepresented in STEM education and careers. Chapters of the book describe strategies such as using narratives to make engineering learning more inclusive, engaging English language learners in digital design, focusing on whole-family learning, and introducing underserved students to computational thinking through an immersive computer game.

This book offers both a challenge and a guide to all STEM educators in museums, science centers, and other informal and formal education settings who are seeking out ambitious and more equitable forms of engagement. With leading-edge research and practical advice, the book provides appealing and accessible forms of engagement that will support a diverse range of audiences and deepen their approach to creative STEM learning.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Design Make Play for Equity, Inclusion, and Agency

Harouna Ba, Katherine McMillan Culp, and Margaret Honey

Part I Designing for Visitors’ Agency

Chapter 1 Designing for Agency in Informal STEM Learning Environments

Susan M. Letourneau

Chapter 2 From Explaining to Engaging Visitors: Transforming the Facilitator’s Role

Priya Mohabir, Dorothy Bennett, C. James Liu, and Daisy Tetecatl

Chapter 3 Narratives, Empathy, and Engineering: Creating Inclusive Engineering Activities

Susan M. Letourneau, Dorothy Bennett, Amelia Merker, Satbir Multani, C. James Liu, Yessenia Argudo, and Dana Schloss

Chapter 4 Co-Designing Learning Dashboards for Informal Educators

Elham Beheshti, Leilah Lyons, Aditi Mallavarapu, Wren Thompson, Betty Wallingford, and Stephen Uzzo

Part II Relinquishing Power and Authority in Informal Settings

Chapter 5 Museum-Community Engagement to Support STEM Learning

Andrés Henríquez and Marcia Bueno

Chapter 6 Big Data for Little Kids: Developing an Inclusive Program for Young Learners and Their Families

C. James Liu, Kate Maschak, Delia Meza, Susan M. Letourneau, and Yessenia Argudo

Chapter 7 Designing Maker Programs for Family Engagement

David Wells, Susan M. Letourneau, and Samantha Tumolo

Chapter 8 Innovation Institute: Follow the Youth

David Wells, Elham Beheshti, and Danny Kirk

Part III Playing and Learning Across Settings

Chapter 9 See, Touch, and Feel Math: Digital Design for English Language Learners

Dorothy Bennett, Tara Chudoba, Xiomara Flowers, and Heidi Slouffman

Chapter 10 Learning Physics through Embodied Play in a School Setting

Harouna Ba, Christina O’Malley, Yessenia Argudo, and Laycca Umer

Chapter 11 Integrating Computational Thinking Across the Elementary Curriculum: A Professional Development Approach

Anthony Negron

Chapter 12 The Pack: Playfully Embodying Computational and Systems Thinking

Leilah Lyons, Stephen Uzzo, Harouna Ba, and Wren Thompson

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Harouna Ba is Director of the Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science, and Technology Learning at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), as well as a senior research scientist specializing in children’s STEM learning across formal and informal educational settings.

Katherine McMillan Culp is Chief Learning Officer at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), where she oversees research, exhibition, and program development; educational and community outreach; and youth development programs.

Margaret Honey is President and CEO of the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and leads the museum’s commitment to nurturing a generation of creative and collaborative problem solvers in STEM.