Science Happy Hour: Science is Child’s Play

Science Happy Hour: Science is Child's Play

Science Happy Hour: Science is Child’s Play

Join BioBus and the Lower Eastside Girls Club

Science is Child’s Play
Science Happy Hour
Speaker: Professor Henry Cowles

March 22, 2017
6:30pm Welcome Reception
7:00pm Talk by Dr. Cowles
7:30pm Tours of BioBus and BioBase

BioBase @ LESGC
402 East 8th Street, Corner of Ave. D

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What makes science so special?

Grade school students learn to recite the scientific method as a series of steps; we grow up believing that these steps set science apart from other kinds of thinking. But where did we get the idea of a single scientific method? It turns out that this comes from a surprising place: modern child psychology. A century ago, psychologists started studying how children learned and played in order to say new things about how we all think. These psychologists produced a model of the mind, shared by all humans, that ended up redefining science itself.

Join us as Professor Henry Cowles explores the intertwined relationship of scientific thinking and child’s play. Stick around afterward to play with scientific tools in the BioBase laboratory!

Henry Cowles, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of the History of Science at Yale University. His research and teaching interests include scientific medicine, the sciences of mind and brain, evolutionary theory, and experimentation in science, medicine, and the arts. He teaches a range of courses, including “Minds and Brains in Modern America,” “History of Addiction,” and “Medicine and the Human Sciences.” Recently, his work has been awarded the Emerging Scholars Prize of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association. Professor Cowles is currently working on a book about the cognitive history of the scientific method.

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This is family friendly event; children accompanied by adults are welcome.

Tickets are free; donations are greatly appreciated.