Lunar and Planetary Institute

Playful Building
EXPLORE! Playful Building


The Implementation Guide supports all of the activities and includes:

  • Playful Building’s key features
  • Annotated facilitation outline
  • Facilitator background information
  • Shopping list
  • Extended supporting media suggestions
  • Correlations to National Science Education Standards
  • Contact information
  • STAR_Net project overview
  • Credits and acknowledgments

Archived Online Trainings

The Explore program team offered a training on this module on Friday, March 8, 2013; access the archived version of the webinar “Engaging Children, Youth, and Families in Engineering through Playful Building” at  Also, view step-by-step instructions for folding an origami boat (one of the many boat-building options available for the "Water Wedges" activity) at

STAR_Net Online Community

Librarians, scientists, engineers, educators, museum staff, and others are invited to join the STAR_Net online community! The website fosters collaboration among professionals who want to provide or support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning experiences in libraries. Please join the online community and share your experiences implementing Playful Building with your colleagues.

For more information about the STAR_Net project, please contact:

Lisa Curtis
Projects and Exhibits Manager
National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute
Boulder, CO
(720) 974-5821

Last updated
June 18, 2013