Institute of Play records
The Institute of Play records have been arranged into two series. The physical materials are housed in one archival document box; digital materials are accessible on-site at The Strong.
- 2007 - 2022
- Institute of Play (Organization)
Conditions Governing Use
0.3 Linear Feet (1 archival document box)
1 Gigabytes (Digital) : Accessible on-site at The Strong.
Through the support from the MacArthur Foundation in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools, The New School, and the Pearson Foundation, Quest to Learn opened in fall 2009. The curriculum integrated digital and analog games into “domains,” focusing on applied knowledge and conceptual thinking. Domains included The Way Things Work (math and science); Codeworlds (integrated English language arts, math, and computer programming); Being, Space, and Place (social studies and English language arts); Wellness (physical education, socioemotional learning, and health); and Sports for the Mind (game design and media arts). Quest to Learn, which began with one sixth grade class in 2009, supported critical thinking skills, media literacy, and technology to educate students for success in the 21st century. By 2015, Quest to Learn in Manhattan had encompassed grades 6 through 12 to become a fully functioning combined middle and high school, after adding a new grade level each year.
Among the Institute of Play’s other major accomplishments were the co-development of the Gamestar Mechanic (a game which teaches students how to build games) and a partnership with Nintendo to introduce Nintendo Labo-themed curriculum to teach STEAM principles to students. After more than a decade of supporting game-based learning initiatives, the Institute of Play closed in 2019, citing difficulty in securing sustainable funding. During its existence, the Institute of Play directly worked with more than 1,500 teachers and 50 educational institutions across the country. (As of 2022, Quest to Learn remains in operation.)
System of Arrangement
Series I: Institute of Play information, 2007-2022 and n.d.
Series II: Quest to Learn, 2009-2019 and n.d.
- Experiential learning
- Institute of Play
- Instructional systems
- John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
- New Visions for Public Schools
- Play -- Research
- Play-based learning
- Quest to Learn (School)
- Quest to Learn (School)
- Rufo-Tepper, Rebecca
- Salen, Katie
- Shapiro, Arana
- Tekinbaş, Katie Salen
- Torres, Robert
- Wolozin, Loretta
- Finding Aid to the Institute of Play Records, 2007-2022
- Julia Novakovic
- 17 October 2022
- Description rules
- Language of description
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA