Play Labs

STEAM Learning

Parents and guardians fostering child development through play
2018 – 2021

BeeBots in Action

Project Description

We wanted to better understand how caregivers learn about the role of play in their children’s development. We also explored how we can engage more caregivers in participating in learning activities with their child–particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). 

The Play Labs research and development  activities helped improve three Adventures created for Play Labs and we believe they will indirectly inform other OMSI projects that engage caregivers of very young children.  We are especially excited about Adventure Three, which focuses on play with coding, and provides an opportunity to begin familiarizing children with skills that can be used to design solutions to human challenges.


Impact Northwest
Mike Yager


Jennifer LaBounty, Lewis & Clark College
Erik Nilsen, Lewis & Clark College
Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)


IMLS LogoThis project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under Grant No.  MA–10-16-0340. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website)do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.