Sierra College & Hacker Lab Host China’s Anji Play Creator, Cheng Xueqin, speaking on August 15 on Pre-School Education

(LtoR) Cheng Xueqin, Anji Play Founder, and Mary Anne Kreshka, Sierra College Instructor, meet in China to plan pilot program at the Sierra College Child Development Center.

We are looking forward to hosting a world renowned educator whose innovative approach encourages creating and making.

Sierra College and Hacker Lab announced that Cheng Xueqin, Director of the Office of Pre-Primary Education, Anji County Department of Education, Zhejiang Province, China will present “Doing/Seeing/Thinking/Making: The Ecology of Anji Play,” on Tuesday, August 15 from 6-7:30 PM at Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College at 4415 Granite Drive, Rocklin, CA. The community is invited.

Xueqin will speak about her role leading the development of the Anji Play philosophy and social ecology over the past 16 years, explained Mary Anne Kreshka, Part-time Instructor, Human Development/Early Childhood Education, Sierra College. “This event will provide rare insight directly from the founder into the design and development of the practices, materials, environments and technology that define the Anji Play ecology,” said Kreshka.

Kreshka explained that Anji Play is the focus of a unique pilot program at the Sierra College Child Development Center (CDC), administered by a collaborative partnership that includes the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office, Placer Community Action Council-Kidz Kount, Inc., Early Head Start/Head Start, Sierra College, and the California State Preschool Program. “Through the partnership, we are seeking to develop a model for local, interconnected and scalable educational change in close collaboration with Ms. Cheng and her team of Anji educators.”

As a result of Sierra College’s partnership with Hacker Lab, the large-scale play materials were built at the mid-town Sacramento makerspace. “The system was designed in Anji and standardized by Grass Valley native and renowned designer Cas Holman, Faculty Department of Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design,” said Kreshk. “Hacker Lab member, Brannon Harris fabricated the play equipment for Sierra College.”

Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder, Hacker Lab, believes that this is the first collaboration between a makerspace and the Anji Play…

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