No 21 - Playgrounds 🤖 Public Spaces 📐 Architects for the very young

Playground as platform

My name is Linda. I write a bi-weekly newsletter about computer science, childhood and culture - and there are 9412 of you listening. If you enjoy this issue, please share it with anyone you think may find it useful.

Hi hi hi. July is here and so is my annual vacation. Before hopping and skipping towards summer there is one project I want to share:

We’re starting work towards a computer playground in downtown Helsinki! Together with city of Helsinki we are imagining a public playground in Ruoholahti that teaches kids about technology through play. What if you could learn about how computers work by climbing and crawling? What if the basics of computational thinking could be explored on a trampoline? What if a playground could make technology more approachable, playful and familiar?

If any of this sounds interesting to you (the intersection of physical play, public space and computer science with a playground as a platform, if I may), these are topics we’ve been researching and studying during spring and will continue the work in autumn with more stakeholders and groups. I’ll be of course writing more about the process and discoveries in this letter.

And now - I wish all of you a very lovely summer. See you in August!

Linked List

In computer science, a linked list is a linear collection of data elements whose order is not given by their physical placement in memory. But here it is a selection of things I’ve been reading lately.