Ms. Cheng met graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Invited to RISD by Cas Holman, a professor in the RISD department of industrial design and noted inventor and designer of educational toys and playground, Ms. Cheng addressed her role in designing the environments and materials of Anji Play, and the role of the child in Anji Play as designer, builder, inventor and artist and the importance of the child's role in maintaining, managing and regulation their own environments and materials. Students and faculty in attendence asked engaging questions about Ms. Cheng's design thinking and her future plans for the materials that are integral to the Anji Play approach. Ms. Cheng emphasized the importance of specific, practical considerations in her design process, including the selection of materials that are light, sturdy and stand up to weather, and the core principles of minimal-structure, open-endedness, portability and relevance/presence in the day-to-day life of the child outside of the school enviromnet.

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