Last week I lucky enough to be asked to do a workshop on the connection between Play, Tech and story at the 2015 Sandbox Summit. This event generally takes place on the east coast with MIT as the educational partner. This year, Play Science worked with the University of Southern California and held the two days of workshops, lectures and networking at the California Science Center. It was a terrific way to keep current on what is happening at the intersection of new technology, media and education and more importantly to stay inspired by the quality of people who really do care about how children learn and play.
While there were many outstanding speakers, one of my favorites was from 9 year old Dylan Siegel who decided (at the age of 6) to raise a million dollars to help his best friend Jonah fight a rare liver disease. Dylan wrote a book and with his family’s help has raised $1.2 million dollars! Take a look at his speech from the second day at Sandbox Summit. Trust me, my speech was no where near as polished nor as moving. And if you find his story and mission as compelling as I did, click here.