Summer Fun at the Living Lab!

School is out and summer has already begun! Make sure to have the Living Lab as one of your many stops this summer. For the Living Lab in Ann Arbor, we are open and available much more during the summer. Take a look at our calendar for more information.

If you are traveling this summer and are curious about other Living Lab sites across the United States we have included some below!

Photos from the Living Lab Symposium


Photos from the 2016 Living Lab Symposium

This year at the first Living Lab Symposium, members of the program discussed their current research projects and their experiences with the University of Michigan’s Living Lab. Here are a series of photos from the different presentations. Thank you again to all the community members, museum affiliates, and researchers who came out to support our the symposium! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Students from the University of Michigan participate in the Research Assistant Panel.


Steven O. Roberts / University of Michigan

Marta Biarnes (National Living Lab Initiative) discusses how the Living Lab model connects researchers to the public and to museums.


Steven O. Roberts / University of Michigan

Kia Karlen (Madison Children’s Museum) describes how the Living Lab model operates across the world.


Steven O. Roberts / University of Michigan

Students, community members, museum affiliates, and researchers came to hear about the many research projects that are being performed in local museums.


Steven O. Roberts / University of Michigan

The First Living Lab Symposium was a Huge Success

Thank you to all the community members, museum affiliates, and researchers who came out to our first symposium! We couldn’t have done it without you.

We were excited to hear the results from all the fantastic child development research going on here at the University of Michigan.

For more information about the event, see an article from the Michigan Daily linked below.

Amelia Cacchione/ Daily

Amelia Cacchione/ Daily

Michigan Daily: Living Lab Symposium makes child development research available to community

Living Lab Symposium

Save The Date

The UM Living Lab Program is excited to host the first Living Lab Symposium, which will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016! 

The symposium will feature speakers from UM, our local museum partners, and our partners at the regional and national levels.  The UM speakers will be sharing exciting new research with children and parents happening at the Living Lab sites in Ann Arbor. Our local and national museum partners will be talking about university-community partnerships, and the translation of developmental research for educators and parents. 

This event is open to all UM community members and the larger public.

The event will take place on the morning and afternoon of March 19.  There will be opportunities to interact with Living Lab researchers, to visit our local Living Lab spaces, and to hear about the expansion of the Living Lab model in the US and beyond. Attendees are welcome to attend all or just part of the symposium.

Please feel free to email with questions (

Upcoming events

March 11, 7pm, Pittsfield Branch of Ann Arbor District Library (map)

Come Hear about Living Lab Research!

We are excited to announce that the Ann Arbor District Library will be hosting a Living Lab event on March 11, 2015.  This will be an evening event where members of the community can come hear about the child development research happening in the Living Lab sites around town.  The Living Lab researchers will be there to demonstrate studies, talk about findings, and make fun connections to the lives of parents, teachers, and others who work with children.  There will be lots of room for questions and conversation.  Come join us and hear great new info about children’s learning and development!