For Kids, By Kids
When we say we’re a hands-on children’s museum, we mean that in more ways than one! We’ve had children’s hands on our project from the start and are committed to including children in the development of the museum every step of the way.
The Children’s Science Center partnered with the University of Maryland’s Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) in 2007. The HCIL’s director, Dr. Allison Druin, is a leading expert in child-centered design. Under Dr. Druin’s guidance, the Children’s Science Center utilized a “Kids Team” to capture children’s input into every aspect of our facility, exhibits, and programs.
The HCIL methodology involves children, generally ages 7-12, who work with talented researchers from computer science, education, art, robotics, and other disciplines. Dr Druin explains, “While children do not have the same specialized expertise that adults have, they have equal opportunity to contribute in any way they can to the design process. For example, adult researchers that are visual artists or educators can support the technology design process with domain specific expertise and experience. The same can be said of child researchers. They too have special experiences and viewpoints that can support the technology design process. When children act as design partners they contribute at all stages, from the initial idea to the final product, and the end result is far richer for the collaboration.”
From time to time, the Children’s Science Center gathers a team of children to help us plan. The Children’s Science Center is committed to truly being a museum built “for kids, by kids”!
If you would like to be part of an upcoming Kids Team session, please complete the Volunteer Application and note your interest in the Kids Team and we will add you to the list to be notified.