Welcome to the Department of Play

The Department of Play (DoP) is a working group of researchers, students, and community practitioners at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media who share a common value: the design of new technology and methodologies to support youth as active participants in their local communities.

The Department of Play initiative aims to develop easy-to-use, open-source digital toolkits with corresponding curricula and pedagogical guidance to support youth-led active exploration, participatory learning, and civic engagement among children and adolescents in their neighborhoods. We've already got a few tools in development for capturing GIS maps using weather balloons & kites, using phone voicemail for organizing,
and easy to use software to have youth add their own information and media on maps that document or re-conceptualize space in their neighborhoods. [Full Description]

IMG_0881.JPGIn our first year we have successfully:

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