Education: A Playground for the Brain

Sesame Place develops gadgets to make pedagogy a pleasure

Through the cheerfully gaping maw of Big Bird, beguiled children with parents in tow enter a dazzling futuristic playground designed to make pedagogy a pleasure. Created a year ago by the same people who brought you Kermit the Frog, Ernie and Bert, Sesame Place, in the tamed wilds of Bucks County, Pa., unites outdoor "participatory" playgrounds with "handson" scientific exhibits.

Various slides provide the perceptive skidder with firsthand knowledge of the battle between gravity and friction. By plunging into a sea of green plastic balls,...

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