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Waterplay Solutions Corp takes a lead in aquatic play and waterpark research
Joint research being undertaken by Beverlie Dietze, Director of Learning and Applied Research at Okanagan College in British Columbia and Waterplay Solutions Corp. is exploring how children set their minds and imaginations to having fun in aquatic play and waterpark environments.
Waterplay Solutions Creative Manager, Shanley Hutchinson advises “we’re passionate about play.
“Play, by its very nature, as a universal, inclusive language within communities, makes the world more livable and socially just. The products we create do so much more than spray water, they create moments where children explore, imagine, push their boundaries and test their theories.
"When a child is playing their brain is in a constant state of learning, problem solving and critical thinking – whether it’s the associated physics, the engineering that underpins the equipment, or the math that might be involved in the layout – this is where our collaboration with Beverlie has been very insightful.”
Beyond leading the Okanagan College’s research activities, Dietze is an internationally-known expert on early childhood education and outdoor play. She has written and co-authored seven different books and has been a driving force in bringing the importance of outdoor play into focus for those who educate early childhood educators.
Last year, Dietze and Waterplay Solutions secured a CAD$24,930 Canadian Government grant through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Engage program to work together to build business opportunities incorporating some of those outdoor play principles in design thinking at Waterplay Solutions.
Commenting on Waterplay Solutions’ global reach, Dietze stated “from Australia to Carolina, France to Fort St. John, from the Netherlands to Chile and Indonesia, you can find the company’s installations amazing children.
“What’s clear is that they give a lot of thought about children’s play and development and what goes into their product. What I’ve been able to do is highlight how Waterplay Solutions products contribute to children’s curiosity and areas of development, such as language, literacy, self-regulation skills, and foundational Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) discoveries that support later academic performance.”
An example that Dietze points to is a recent visit to Curry Reserve in Camden installed by Parkequip Pty Ltd where the aquatic playground features provided children with numerous play options and experiences including the interplay between shadows of some of the water park features with the space and how those might inspire children.
Hutchinson added “as a global company we team up with amazing people around the world who help bring our dream of connecting the world through play to reality – Beverlie is one of these people. When we can design a product to capitalise on a child’s natural curiosity and sense of wonderment we create something truly beneficial to the child, the community he or she lives in, and the world that child grows up to be a part of.”
To contact Waterplay Solutions Corp's Australian and New Zealand representatives, click here to visit their listing in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.
3rd October 2018 - Waterplay releases new equipment to stimulate curiosity and mindful play
10th July 2017 - Waterplay’s Activity Towers named a top product
5th April 2017 - Wine inspired splash park opens in the Barossa Valley
3rd March 2017 - Waterplay marks 30 years of aquatic play innovation
13th December 2016 - Waterplay releases new generation of aquatic play products
21st May 2016 - Waterplay President named a top female entrepreneur
23rd February 2016 - Waterplay releases Critters, a spray character for all ages
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