Event Details
Event Title STEAM Play: The importance of informal learning settings and using play-based science practices in working with children from vulnerable and underrepresented communities
Location Room 112 (Performance Lab), Media Arts Space, 108 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
Sponsor Carolina Center for Public Service - Department of Communication
Date/Time 03/03/2023 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
For more information, contact the event administrator: Macy Green macyag@unc.edu
Event Presenters
Name Title  
Avi Santo, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill
Cate Schultz Undergraduate Student and MacDonald Fellow with the Carolina Center for Public Service
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Play has a transformative role in enabling underrepresented student populations to cope with difficult circumstances and express themselves. Dr. Avi Santo, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, has worked with children experiencing homelessness engaging them in STEAM activities, utilizing play-based programming to open an outlet for their creativity, learning, and social-emotional growth. Cate Schultz, a current UNC undergraduate student and MacDonald Service Fellow with the Carolina Center for Public Service, engage children with play-based education at both her Outdoor Education program at the Carrboro Boys and Girls Club and at Wonder Connection, a non-profit engaging pediatric patients in science at UNC Children’s Hospital. Their presentation explores the vital importance of play in informal settings empowering children in vulnerable communities to participate in STEAM.

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