Girls Inc.'s fifth annual BSA Space workshop
On Thursday, July 28, 2016, Girls Incorporated (Girls Inc.) of Lynn paid their fifth annual visit to BSA Space for a day of play and learning. The middle-school aged girls toured the exhibition Extraordinary Playscapes, taking in inventive and engaging play designs from across the globe and test-driving the interactive playground pieces in the gallery. After the tour, energized in mind and body, participants drew inspiration from Extraordinary Playscapes and worked in teams to design and build their own play spaces specific to their own community. The design groups incorporated elements specific to Lynn—many made use of the Lynn waterfront—and accounted for issues they saw as pertinent in their city—one space was named "Hope to Dope Playground."
As a result, the playgrounds that were produced embodied the main tenet of the Extraordinary Playscapes exhibition: that creative play spaces are essential to physical, mental, and emotional development and well-being for individuals. The designs also highlighted the importance of these spaces to community healing, gathering, and future-shaping aspiration.
Girls Inc. of Lynn inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages, and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. This visit to BSA Space was one of a series of education-based activity days in summer 2016.