Current Research Projects

Refining our understanding of teaching & learning in the early years


This project (“SciEPlay”) is a collaboration of Bowdoin College, the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), and Samara Early Learning. Through research and professional learning with early childhood educators, we are investigating:

→ How do preschoolers and kindergarteners engage in science and engineering through play?

→ How can educators deepen and extend children's play-based engagement with science and engineering?

→ What spaces, materials, and pedagogies support those engagements?

Project Partners

Project Funder

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation, grants #2201673 and #2201674. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.