Resources to build with: if you're part of the building of this project, here is the place to find ideas and resources that others have used to create success.
Why is play important?
From this video with Stuart Brown:
There is evidence that play deprivation can put populations at risk. (Could a children's museum in the Middle East promote peace?)
The opposite of of play is not work, it's depression.
What if learning could be fun?
What if failure is not the issue but accomplishing your goal--no matter how many tries it takes--is as much fun as a game?
The YouTube star and former NASA engineer, Mark Rober, describes how this data-backed mindset for life gamification has stuck with him along his journey, and how it impacts the ways he helps (or tricks) his viewers into learning science, engineering, and design.
Great teachers make learning fun and interesting.
Getting kids (and their parents!) to participate anchors the learning. Check this out:
Fun science demonstrations and experiments with science communicator Russell Zeid.