Dawn Coe News

UT to Install Natural Playground at Head Start Center for Pupils, Research

UT faculty is joining community volunteers today and Saturday, June 7, to install a new natural playground at the North Head Start Center. The playground will give students a new recreation area and provide researchers with an opportunity to study the environment’s impact on children’s activity levels.

Flight Instruction to Gas Hydrates: Mic/Nite Highlights Faculty Research


Participants can get a whirlwind education on a variety of topics at Mic/Nite, where eleven UT faculty members will take turns making short presentations about their work. This semester’s Mic/Nite will be held on Thursday, March 13, at the Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 North Central Avenue. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, including a cash bar and free pizza. Presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude around 8:30 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

WBIR-TV: In-depth: Benefits of outdoors

WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured the research of UT professor Dawn Coe about the benefits of playing outside for young children. Her research examines the differences in children’s energy levels when they play on a natural playground that incorporates elements like logs and flowers compared to a traditional playground with metal equipment. Coe is an assistant professor

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Study: Natural Playgrounds More Beneficial to Children, Inspire More Play

The playground at the Early Learning Center, after renovations.

Children who play on playgrounds that incorporate natural elements like logs and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment, according to a recent UT study. They also appear to use their imagination more, according to the report.