Director of SciPlay

New York Hall of Science

David E. Kanter, Ph.D., joined the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in September of 2010 as the inaugural Director of the Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science, and Technology Learning (SciPlay). SciPlay is an applied research center within the hands-on NYSCI science museum that focuses on designing, building, and studying technology-enhanced learning environments that harness the potential of play for deeper engagement and science learning.

Kanter joined NYSCI from Temple University where he was an Assistant Professor in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education (Science Education) and in Biology. Before that, Kanter was an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Learning Sciences and in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University.

Kanter received Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering and in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then received a NSF fellowship to retrain in science education research, which he completed in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Kanter has led several large studies on project-based science curriculum design, and pre- and in-service teacher preparation for such curricula. Kanter’s recent work focuses on new ways to productively bridge informal and formal science learning environments using technology.  His findings have been published in Science Education; New Directions in Teaching and Learning; and the Journal of Engineering Education. Kanter is co-editor and contributor to the forthcoming volume “Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators” published by Routledge.

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