The Playground provides a destination for attendees to explore, discover, participate and learn with like-minded individuals. Fueled by innovation through discovery, the Playground hosts a number of educational pursuits highlighting maker, STEM, gaming, virtual learning, accessibility, arts integration and more.
The wall-to-wall creative energy within the SXSWedu Playground comes from the various elements that take place in the space, including displays, talks and hands-on presentations.
Catch a 30-minute Playground Talk to hear industry insiders deliver a short stage presentation highlighting discovery-based learning activities followed by a dynamic audience Q&A.
Playground Hands On
Join a Playground Hands On to collaborate and learn with others. Presenters will facilitate a 30-minute instructional and interactive exercise or activity.
Playground Displays allow organizations to share their educational approaches and innovations with the SXSWedu community. Displays are up and running throughout the duration of the Playground and offer attendees the opportunity to engage in participatory activities in a casual, conversational setting.
East Austin College Prep
Cultivating a service-learning model for your own school or community organization. Our goal is to build a greater sense of civic responsibility and strengthen community involvement for all.
Through augmented and virtual reality, we bring to life a diverse collection of projects consisting of interactive examples of academic activities inspired by our tech pedagogy and curriculum design.
HouseStories Jr Architect Studio will give you an intuitive understanding of how construction, materials and climate are related. Have fun with our construction kits to discover the untapped learning potential made possible by exploring our 3D world.
IMATS at Barnard College, Columbia University
Immerse yourself in ballet, modern, hip-hop and tap dance performances through IMATS at Barnard College's use of VR/360 video. Experience choreographed performances from one of the top dance programs in the country through VR/360 video.
The James Dyson Foundation
Roll up your sleeves and get-hands on with the James Dyson Foundation’s reverse-engineering kit! Tear apart a Dyson vacuum and learn how Dyson engineers used the design process to create this machine.
Museum in a Box
Explore objects from around world through Museum in a Box. Learn how to use museum materials to enhance classes and find great historical content to help students everywhere see the world. Discuss ideas, solutions and more with Museum in a Box!
Visit n2y to experience the latest in special education learning. Our interactive curriculum, current events newspaper and symbol set make teaching easy and fun! See how we make a difference for all learners!
Immersive Experience Lab
The Tangible Coding research team is directed by Dr. Derek Ham out of NC State’s College of Design Immersive Experience Lab. Tangible Coding looks to develop new approaches to utilize VR to bolster K-12 STEM education.
Open Source Skateboards
Learn how to make skateboards while promoting STEAM! Have some fun trying out the design and build process yourself – and experience the same process we use to make boards for pros.
Progressive Arts Alliance
Progressive Arts Alliance presents one of our model arts integration projects that fuses making, science and art. See how light can be used to create dynamic installation art that captures the imagination. Engage in PAA’s process and be inspired.
Children, families, and educators can play with, build, and code our robotics and drone kits. In 3-5 minute tutorials, you’ll play with nuts, bolts, and motors and cover Arduino coding.
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution's Early Learning Collaborative
Educators will have the opportunity to play and engage with the station. A group of Smithsonian educators will be available to help participants harness the resources of the Institution and create a unique early learning experience.
Experience the authentic learning and motivation of completing a project using hands-on technology while learning how to find or create projects of your own with a bevy of drones, robots, circuits and more to inspire and challenge you!
For questions or more information about the Playground, check out the Playground FAQ.
SXSWedu 2016 Playground photos by Randy & Jackie Smith, Steve Rogers and Seven Snow.