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Playful STEM Learning in the School Yard and Community Spaces - Center for Children and Families Spring Lecture Series

Friday, April 7 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

CRA 12.120

Center for Children and Families 15th Annual Spring Lecture Series

Join us to hear speakers talk about their research. This lecture will be held from 11:00am - 12:00pm in-person and virtually. All lectures are free and open to the public! 

The speaker for this talk will be:

Andres Bustamante, PhD
University of California Irvine

Friday, April 7, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm

Title: Playful STEM Learning in the School Yard and Community Spaces

Children learn best in active, engaged, meaningful, and socially interactive settings, making play an ideal context for learning. This presentation will share findings and future directions from a series of projects that use developmental science to infuse everyday spaces (e.g., bus-stops, grocery stores, school yards) with playful STEM learning opportunities. Findings will focus on caregiver-child conversation, interaction, and STEM learning. The presentation will also emphasize co-design strategies that invite local community members to become design partners, so installations reflect community values, strengths, and learning goals. The objective of these projects is to create scalable informal STEM learning installations in the places and spaces that children and families already spend time.

This talk will be presented virtually but is available online and streamed to CRA 12.120 (UT Dallas).

Register to attend here.

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students, General Public, Prospective Students, Graduate Students, International Students


children, learning, STEM

Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Contact Information
Rachel Berglund
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