Children’s development happens in the everyday contexts in which they live, such as at home, at school, and on playgrounds. In the Kids in Context (KiC) Project, we aim to pilot test a new mobile sensing device, LittleBeats™, that children will wear in the home to help us better understand children’s experiences in everyday contexts.

This form of research is a new and exciting way for parents to become researchers in their own homes! The tasks involved in our project (e.g., watching a brief video and play) give parents an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with their child and learn more about their child’s development.

The KiC Project is being conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by Dr. Nancy McElwain (Department of Human Development and Family Studies) in collaboration with Drs. Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and Romit Roy Choudhury (Electrical and Computer Engineering).

Thanks to the Beckman Institute for housing our grants and providing a place for us to collaborate with researchers from different departments all over campus! The Beckman Institute makes some of the world’s most cutting-edge work in science and technology possible.


We welcome you to learn more about our study on the What’s Involved and FAQ tabs. If you choose to participate, your family will receive gift cards totaling up to $100.