Evaluation of STEM in the Playscape: Final Report 2020

January 29th, 2021 | EVALUATION

The Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, and Professional Learning (Discovery Center) served as external evaluator for the STEM in the PlayScape project. The broad purpose of the evaluation was to provide annual feedback and a final summative assessment of the project’s ability to meet its stated objectives. Project objectives were to:

  1. Create early childhood digital modules to promote STEM learning on playscapes.
  2. Investigate the impact of trained teachers on children’s STEM learning on playscapes.
  3. Investigate what critical elements of playscapes are portable and adaptable to other preschool play areas and create a Digital Module for Building and Using PlayScapes that can be packaged with the instructional modules developed as part of the project.



Team Members

S.B. Woodruff, Evaluator, Miami University
M.L. Dixon, Evaluator
Y. Li, Evaluator


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1516191
Funding Amount: $1,635,115

Related URLs

STEM in the PlayScape: Building Knowledge for Educational Practice


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | Park | Outdoor | Garden Programs | Pre-K | Early Childhood Programs | Public Programs