Webinars: Play & Fitness - Getting it Right

 

KOMPAN experts present a variety of webinar topics over the two weeks, opening eyes and minds to how to get the most out of investing in playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas. Earn CEU's for the topic, or topics that most appeal to you.  Sign up for the webinars of your choice by clicking on the links listed below. All sessions are presented in English. 

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June 2  12:00 pm CST

6 Tips for Designing Inclusive Playgrounds

How can communities best accommodate for play for children and families with disabilities, without disproportionate costs? How can communities meet children’s needs for thrill and physical activity in playgrounds without excluding users with disabilities? Join this seminar to get answers and learn 6 important design principles when planning play for all.

Duration: 60 min.

(1) one CEU credit

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen

 

 

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June 15  12:00 pm CST

Make Health Available to Prevent Future Disease

Outdoor fitness has advantages compared to traditional indoor fitness. Especially in settings with focus on public health and minimum disease transmission.  Join this webinar to learn about the advantages of outdoor fitness and what an investment in outdoor fitness can do for the health of your community.

Duration: 60 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho

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June 4  12:00 pm CST

Make Health Available to Prevent Future Disease

Outdoor fitness has advantages compared to traditional indoor fitness. Especially in settings with focus on public health and minimum disease transmission.  Join this webinar to learn about the advantages of outdoor fitness and what an investment in outdoor fitness can do for the health of your community.

Duration: 60 min.

Presented by Morten Zacho

 

 

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June 16  12:00 pm CST

Nature Play: Importance & Design

Nature Deficit Disorder is a term coined to describe the nature deprivation, which many children growing up in urban environments experience.

Join this webinar to learn about the natural experiences children need to grow, the benefits of nature and not least, some fascinating cases of natural play environments with play equipment that compliment them. 

Duration: 60 min.

one (1) CEU

Presented by Dr. Suzanne Quinn and Jeanette Fich Jespersen

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June 9  12:00 pm CST

Importance of Product Safety for Outdoor Play and Fitness

Children love to be challenged, but what about safety? The questions are many. Can risk at the playground be positive? Who has the responsibility in case of incidents? What is certification?

Join this webinar to get an understanding of the product safety standards for outdoor play and fitness, and why certified products makes a difference. 

Duration: 60 min.

Presented by Joan Pedersen

 

 

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June 23  12:00 pm CST

How to Create Play for Young Brains

New research and practice-based findings have revealed great ways to create playgrounds that evoke young children’s curiosity and motivate explorative play. 

This webinar will share findings and cases. We will discuss how playgrounds can cater for social, dramatic and physical play that stimulates thinking skills. 

Duration: 60 min.

Presented by Jeanette Fich Jespersen and Dr. Suzanne Quinn

 

 

Meet the Presenters

 

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Jeanette Fich Jespersen

Head of KOMPAN Play Institute

Jeanette has 20 years' experience in researching, developing and advocating playground play and has served on the scientific and organizing boards on several international conferences on child friendly city planning.  She has authored numerous white papers and articles on the topics of inclusive and universal design, play and child development, and play rights in a globalizing world. 

Jeanette is an MA of philology and has teaching and research experience from universities and colleges in Germany and Denmark.  She is the vice president of the European Network for Child Friendly Cities. She is also the vice president of the Interanational Play Association, Denmark.  She is a member of the advisory board of the center for Sports and Learning at the University of Southern Denmark.

 

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Morten Zacho

Senior Manager,  KOMPAN Fitness Institute

Morten is Teaching Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark in the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics.

He also manages the KOMPAN Fitness Institute with great focus on implementing knowledge, trends, scientific research and functional tests in the innovation of new outdoor fitness.

Previously, Morten has worked at internationally recognized research institutions and has co-authorship on 17 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

 

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Rob Boogmans

Sales Director,  KOMPAN Fitness Institute

Rob is educated as a Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer with more than 20 years of experience in fitness.

He has been a pioneer in outdoor fitness since 2008 when he founded Standing-Strong Outdoor Fitness. Standing-Strong was the first company to introduce adjustable and functional training in the outdoor environment.  By 2010, Standing-Strong was the market leader in outdoor fitness in Benelux and had multiple patented solutions.

In 2014, Standing-Strong was taken over by KOMPAN and in 2015 Rob Boogmans joined KOMPAN to start the KOMPAN Fitness Institute and develop the new outdoor fitness product lines. Since 2015, KOMPAN has created more than 1000 new outdoor fitness sites and is widely recognized as the most innovative and professional company in outdoor fitness.

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 Dr. Suzanne Quinn PhD.

Manager,  KOMPAN Play Institute Americas

Dr. Quinn has over 20 years experience as an educator, early years practitioner, teacher educator, and researcher.  She is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education (2018) with J. Roopnarine, J. Johnson, and M. Patte and Living with Children: A Froebelian Approach to Working with families and Communities (2019) edited by Tina Bruce, P. Elfer, S. Powell and L. Werth, as well as several empirical articles and chapters in peer reviewed publications.

 

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Nikolaj Maj Bentsen

Chief Designer, KOMPAN Product Innovation

Nikolaj has a master’s degree in Architecture specializing in Industrial Design, and he has been working in the industrial design field, developing a broad variety of products, for more than 20 years. He joined KOMPAN in 2013 and has since been responsible of a wide range of products within fitness and play. Recently, Nikolaj has been engaged in the development of KOMPAN Design Studio.

 

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Samantha Jeffrey

Head of Product Solution Team, KOMPAN Design Studio in Berlin

Samantha has an MA in Design of Playing and Learning, and she has worked as an industrial designer. For more than 11 years, her main attention has been playground designs in Europe, USA and Australia. Her role is to lead the design team in finding creative ways to realize customized playground projects based on highly tailor-made rope solutions.

 

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Sophie Lambert

Custom Designer, KOMPAN Design Studio

Sophie has a background as a civil engineer specialized in product development. Her beginning at KOMPAN focused at developing new activities and new product lines, but she is now one of the creative minds designing customized playgrounds based on GIANT play towers. The aim is always to design playful, themed and customized playgrounds that makes a statement in the landscape while driving play and child development.

 

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Joan Pedersen

Product Safety Manager, KOMPAN

Member of the ASTM committee for ASTM F1487.

Member of the Danish working group for developing EN1176 and other related standards.

Joan has a background as mechanical engineer and several years of work in the machinery industry. After joining KOMPAN's engineering team in 1996, she gradually took more product safety responsibility. Since 2003, she has been responsible for KOMPAN product safety involving product evaluation, test, certification, training and after sales support.