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Master of Industrial Design
Living in a digital age, it is imperative--now more than ever--that children engage in hands-on, experiential learning activities to ensure that their ability to relate to the world is not compromised by technology. Children actively need playful, open-ended and self-directed mental stimulation for their young brains to develop and grow. Public school standards stifle a child’s right to succeed in alternative strengths and inhibit opportunities for self-exploration and self-expression. Game design and fort construction are examples of accessible, hands-on activities in which a child can creatively immerse themselves. In doing so, they can begin to interact with the tangible world, boosting confidence in their own ability to problem solve without digital interference.
Chavez, Mary E., "Experience the world: How the ever-present accessibility of hands-on opportunities & play enhance logistical learning" (2020). Masters Theses. 561.
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