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Invitations to Play: Designing for Family Engagement Through STEAM Exhibits

Intergenerational play between children and their family members provides a rich context for STEAM learning. Through the Count Play Explore initiative, our design and research team is developing interactive exhibits that encourage intergenerational play and family engagement. These exhibits have been installed in childcare and early learning centers, libraries, and other community spaces. In this presentation, we’ll share what we’re learning through this work and offer a hands-on, playful exploration from one of the exhibits that investigates light and shadow. A facilitator’s guide with resources and materials will be provided. Come join us!

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Alejandra is the Early Learning Coordinator at the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education in Fresno, California. She helps coordinate and lead programs that promote STEAM education in early childhood settings, including a teacher training and coaching program for Head Start teachers in Fresno County. Alejandra has a M.S. in Dual Language/Bilingual Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. Over the course of her career, she has worked primarily in interdisciplinary, inquiry and play-based educational settings in New York City, Costa Rica and now California. Her work aims to empower educators, caregivers and children by destigmatizing STEAM fields and helping make the content more accessible.

Alejandra Alvarez

Paul has spent more than 25 years in public education, focused on the design of creative learning technologies and environments. His recent work uses design-based research methods to examine play as an embodied approach to learning across ages and contexts. Paul holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Educational Technology from Michigan State University and previously served as Co-Organizer of the Mathematical Play working group for the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA). Paul is the Executive Director of the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education in Fresno, CA, where he partners in collaborative efforts toward interdisciplinary, equity-centered design for STEAM teaching and learning.

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Paul Reimer

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