Living Laboratory Returns to ACM's Interactivity in Stamford, CT

The NLL Project Team was excited to connect with new community members and see many familiar faces this week. The “Living Laboratory: Ask! Play! Learn!” booth returned to marketplace at the Association of Children’s Museums annual conference. Hub Leaders, project staff, and NLL community members from the Children’s Museum of Denver, Maryland Science Center, Madison Children’s Museum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and Museum of Science were on hand to talk about upcoming Living Laboratory opportunities & events, and to demonstrate research toy activities.

2016 Living Laboratory National Meeting in Boston

National representatives from 38 different cultural and research institutions attended the Living Laboratory Annual Meeting to share best practices and current challenges, and to discuss future directions for the Living Laboratory community. Learn More

Living Laboratory and the APA Team Up for the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival

In April, National Living Laboratory community members from the Maryland Science Center and Museum of Science, Boston teamed up with the American Psychological Association to return to the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival for a third year! Held in Washington D.C., approximately 3,000 festival goers learned about psychology and the science of child development through fun research toy activities and one-on-few conversations with educators. Learn More

Congratulations Spring 2016 Living Laboratory Stipend Recipients

February 1, 2016
The National Living Laboratory team is pleased to announce that ten partnerships have received funding through the NLL Stipend Program to establish or enhance their Living Laboratory collaborations. Two community members also received funding for projects designed to increase the impact of a Living Laboratory program in educating the public about developmental science. View Awardees

Center for Childhood Creativity launches the Distance Research Project

To facilitate the research process, many psychology researchers outsource data collection to third party organizations (e.g., Amazon Turk, SocialSci, etc.) Yet, this process is rare among developmental psychologists. The Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) at the Bay Area Discovery Museum seeks to begin to address this need by inviting developmental psychology researchers to outsource some of their data collection to the CCC. Learn More

Living Laboratory “Open House” at the Wisconsin Science Festival

Madison Children’s Museum held its first Living Laboratory “Open House” as a special evening event during the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival, a four-day statewide event organized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn More

Congratulations Fall 2015 Living Laboratory Stipend Recipients

October 10, 2015
The National Living Laboratory team is pleased to announce that twelve partnerships have received funding through the NLL Stipend Program to establish or enhance their Living Laboratory collaborations. Five organizations also received funding for projects designed to increase the impact of a Living Laboratory program in educating the public about developmental science. View Awardees

Reports from the Living Laboratory Community

In Fall 2014, eighteen teams of researchers and museum educators from across the United States were awarded NLL Stipends to initiate a new (or enhance an existing) Living Laboratory collaboration. We are excited to share updates from the Living Laboratory community, which showcase some of the dynamic projects that brought current research in child development to the public, along with inspiring stories about the unexpected benefits that have resulted from individual partnerships.

Congratulations to the Ann Arbor Living Laboratory Collaborative

Earlier this month, the University of Michigan awarded a Third Century Initiative Quick Win/Discovery Grant to Dr. Craig Smith, who directs Living Laboratory collaborations with the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum (see above), the U-M Museum of Natural History, and the Ann Arbor District Library.

2015 Living Laboratory Stipend Application - CLOSED!

May 1, 2015
The Living Laboratory project team is pleased to announce that we are again offering a limited number of stipends to museum/academic professional dyads that would like to initiate (or have already started and wish to improve) a collaboration in the Living Laboratory model.

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