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From Child Scientist to Playful Inventor

What does children’s play have to do with the work of serious scientists? Watch this video to hear what experts have to say. It might surprise you!

Produced by Hillmann & Carr Inc., Washington, D.C., with additional footage
from the award-winning series, The Promise of Play,
courtesy of Direct Cinema Limited

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Souped-up electric race cars [were a] major delight and source of sibling angst. My brothers and I would set up a straightaway and drag race. When my car won, the rules suddenly changed and I would be disqualified.

Cindy Vandover, deep-sea biologist

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