Visiting Qinghai Lake in China, summer 2016 - and being photobombed by Jack.

Who am I?

My name is Devon Hamilton, and I am passionate about learning – both my own, and everyone else’s. 

Through almost 20 years of experience in science centres one of the most essential lessons I have learned is that everything we do is part of a conversation – a conversation that takes place in different media, and at different times - but there is always that shared communication.  If done correctly, that conversation leads to learning and growth on both sides. 

Once upon a time...

After completing my PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics, I joined the Ontario Science Centre in 2001 as a Senior Scientist. I immediately dove into developing exhibits and programs that connected the visitor actions and experience directly to the learning content.  During my time at the OSC I was fortunate to work with an incredible and creative team of colleagues as we created some fantastic learning experiences.

I joined TELUS Spark in 2009 to lead the exhibits and programs teams as we developed the new experiences for Canada's newest science centre.  During my time with Spark we developed over 120 exhibits in 5 galleries, over 40 different school programs, 4 different live demonstrations, planetarium shows, a live surgery program and an outdoor science playground.

Throughout my time at Spark I found myself drawn to how people were engaging - how they learned in an informal environment and the role that "play" had in fostering those deeper engagements and learning.

Building through Play

When I left Spark in 2015 I created Playful Content with the intent of finding new ways to play and learn - both for myself and for those around me.  I have been fortunate to find intriguing projects and partners that also embrace play and learning - and the challenges that come with that.

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Banner Image: Facing Mars Traveling Exhibition, courtesy the Ontario Science Centre.