United We Play!

Season: 
Spring
School Year: 
2016-2017
Grade: 
Sixth Grade

During their final expedition at GCCS, sixth graders will discover that while play seems like a natural, universal right, there are many barriers that prevent children from participating in play - at home, at school, and in the community. We will explore the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and how the “right to play,” while guaranteed in the document, is a broken promise in many parts of the world. Inspired by the UNCRC and following an examination of local recess policies, we will propose a new, comprehensive recess policy for GCCS. Additionally, we will look at how the lack of risk and adventure have actually stymied play and how nature play spaces can help "reset" adult fears around play by empowering children to assess risk and become leaders of the play revolution.  Our ongoing work with the Cumming Nature Center will also find closure, as we present our design plans and scale model of a site-specific, nature play space.