How Does Play Foster STEM/STEAM Learning? The Genius of Play Leads Discussion on Capitol Hill
June 26, 2019 | The Genius of Play raised awareness about the role of toys and play in learning science, technology, engineering, and math subjects (commonly known as STEM or STEAM with the “A” representing arts) during a panel discussion presented to congressional staffers in Washington, DC on June 25.
“Does Play Equal Learning? The Role of Play in Teaching STEM and Other 21st Century Skills,” included panelists from the toy and play industries, who spoke to an audience of nearly 50 legislators, congressional aides, and other political influencers about how children learn important skills through play especially in the areas of math and science. Audience members also took part in a hands-on play activity to experience the benefits of play for themselves.
- Clement Chau, PhD, Director of Learning, LeapFrog/Vtech
- Jennifer DuBuisson, Senior Director Government & Public Affairs, The LEGO Group
- Ted McGuire, President, Thames & Kosmos
- Nancy Schulman, Head of the Early Learning Center, Avenues: The World School
“With our nation facing a serious skills gap when it comes to science- and math-related careers, it is a policy topic that is top of mind for many congressional representatives,” said Ken Seiter, executive vice president of marketing communications at The Toy Association and the panel’s moderator. “We had a terrific opportunity to educate staffers on how toys and play can foster learning and motivate children to aspire to STEM-related careers. We will continue to engage with Congress to highlight our industry’s innovative approaches to STEM/STEAM learning.”
The Toy Association’s Genius of Play initiative is a leading resource on the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of play that serve children throughout their lives aimed at parents, teachers, and the public. The Genius of Play’s website offers expert advice from play and child experts ranging from child psychologists to community play activists, play ideas, and resources for teachers. Follow The Genius of Play on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.