Key Researchers

Flavio_AzevedoAzevedo, F. S. 

Assistant Professor, The University of Texas, Austin

Azevedo’s work is focused around creating learning environments that are truly engaging for students.


Associate Director of Program, Exploratorium, San Francisco      

 Bevan has a doctorate in urban education. Her work focuses on how institutional settings shape opportunities for learning. She just moved to the University of Washington as a Senior Research Scientist.

Blikstein, P. paulo_blikstein-010-cropped

Assistant Professor of Education and Computer Science,

Transformative Learning Technologies Lab, Stanford University

Blikstein’s research focuses on how new technologies can transform the learning of STEM topics. He started the first educational program around digital fabrication in school, the FabLab@School project.

DiSessa, A.disessa_andrea

Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Much of DiSessa’s work focuses on conceptual change research, but he has also written interesting work on DBR and learning in informal environments.

Gutwill, J.          josh

Director of Visitor Research, Exploratorium, San Francisco

Gutwill’s PhD thesis explored building on linked conceptual primitives. His research work at the Exploratorium includes the study of learning in informal environments, as well as the evaluation of exhibits and programs such as the study of STEM learning in the Tinkering Studio.

Halverson, E.   ehalverson

Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction,

University of Wisconsin-Madison          

Halverson’s interests are broad, including literacy and digital media studies in identity formation, but she recently, in collaboration with Sheridan, received an NSF grant to conduct studies in the Learning in the Making (LitM) Lab.

Kafai, Y.             Unknown

Professor, University of Pennsylania

Kafai’s research has involved the student use of computer programming to tell stories, design games and of late sew electronic textiles, with the intention of supporting creative expression and social collaboration through participation in coding.

Martin, L.          martin_0

Associate Professor, UC Davis, Principal Investigator, B-Lab

Martin’s research interests include math education, the maker movement, learning and cognition, informal learning environments, and adaptive expertise.

Oliver, K.          kmoliver

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction,

North Carolina State University

Oliver’s main interests are around the design and integration of collaborative and cognitive tools, but he has just published a two part series on makerspace pedagogy.

Papert, S.big_ideas

This is a wonderful tribute to Papert’s influence in education today.

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Peppler, K.      KP_Headshot4

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences, Indiana University

Director, Creativity Labs, Indiana University

“Peppler brings together educators, designers, artists, and learning theorists interested in constructionist and hands-on, design-based learning. Her lab focuses on computational tools and materials that support learning by leveraging youths’ interests in digital culture, design, and making.” Retrieved from

Petrich, M.      mike_bio_135

Director of the Maker Collective,

The Tinkering Studio, Exploratorium, San Francisco

Petrich is the Director of the Maker Collective at the Tinkering Studio, Exploratorium, in San Francisco. He has a Master’s degree in education design and technology, and a background in fine arts, filmmaking, and photography.

Resnick, M.     resnick

LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, MIT

Head, Lifelong Kindergarten Group, MIT Media Lab

Resnick’s research group is well known for developing programmable bricks for use in robotics, and creating Scratch software for learning to code, and coding to learn.

Sengupta, P. pratim

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences, University of Calgary

Sengupta’s research has focused on developing games for deep conceptual understanding of physics concepts, but more recently, has published work on aesthetics, agency, and democratic ideas.

Sheridan, K. sheridan

Associate Professor, George Mason University

Sheridan’s “research takes a sociocultural perspective on learning in the arts and media with a particular focus on how this learning is situated in diverse and changing contexts with the advent of new digital technologies. She focuses on how these can be innovative contexts of possibility for traditionally underserved groups.”

Vossoughi, S.           shirin-v_mirror-thumb

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University

Vossoughi research centres on learning enviroments that cross disciplinary boundaries. “Focal constructs therefore include: apprenticeship, collaboration and assistance; language and literacy; play and creativity; the genesis of community and solidarity; the subjective experience of educational inequity and intellectual respect; the tensions and possibilities of political education; and the development of scientific, social analytic and artistic discourse and practice. Retrieved from

Wilkinson, K.          karen_bio_alternate_135

Tinkering Studio Director, The Tinkering Studio, Exploratorium,

San Francisco

Wilkinson has an undergraduate degree in environmental design and believes “deeply in studio pedagogy, and the ability we all have to think with our hands.” Retrieved from