Child Development Lab

Child Development Lab

HCE Child Development Lab

The Child Development Lab (CDL) is a vibrant experiential learning space where students, faculty and children explore play, space, design, time and materials in order to understand and facilitate learning on many levels. It is a welcoming space for conversation, observation, practice, reflection, growth and development. Students in the Bachelor of Child Studies program, primarily use the CDL at various times over their 4-year degree to gain valuable experiential learning experiences.

The 30' by 30' lab is furnished with a variety of traditional early learning play materials, expressive and creative art supplies and facilitates flexible seating for 25 adults or children. This space is equipped with four zooms and 'eye in the sky' cameras and 16 microphones that allow the capture of video and sound within all areas of the room.

A wall-length observation room located adjacent to the lab, seats 25 comfortably and offers three viewing monitors, sound access to the lab, a fully equipped teaching cabinet and an attached editing suite that is video capable. This space can be used to observe and record lab activity or as a full independent teaching and learning space. To learn more about the technology, watch this video.

HCE Child Development Lab
HCE Child Development Lab

For further information about the lab or to discuss rental needs, please contact:

Heather Pollard

Lab Coordinator
Phone: 403.440.6776

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