Panels


The following panelists will join us for Day 2 (10/18) of FabLearn 2012:

Research Panel

Gary S. Stager, Ph.D, an internationally recognized educator, speaker and consultant, is the Executive Director of The Constructivist Consortium. Since 1982, Gary has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. He led professional development in the world's first laptop schools (1990), has designed online graduate school programs since the mid-90s, was a collaborator in the MIT Media Lab's Future of Learning Group and a member of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation's Learning Team. 

Sherry Hsi, Ph.D, is a researcher, designer, and learning technologist with the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California Berkeley. She was a member of the evaluation team working across the NISE Network Working at the intersection of research and practice, Dr. Hsi has worked on new media projects, handhelds, science websites, digital libraries, and other informal science learning programs. Dr. Hsi co-leads the SMILE Pathway, a National Science Foundation-funded digital library of inquiry-based activities for science and mathematics informal learning educators that draws the best materials from across different museums and science centers.

Julia Walter-Hermann has studied digital media from the various perspectives of the humanities and social sciences in Konstanz (Germany), Boston, and Bremen (Germany). At the moment she is a research assistant and PhD student in the Digital Media in Education (dimeb) group at the University of Bremen, Germany. She is highly interested in FabLabs, global aspects of media culture, and qualitative research methods. Her current research focuses on FabLabs and everyday digital artifacts. 

Michelle Hlubinka is the Education Director for Maker Media, overseeing educational outreach and programming. Currently, she primarily focuses on two programs aimed at getting more young people engaged in the Maker Movement: the club-based Young Makers and the DARPA-funded project Makerspace, which will support spaces for making in 1000 high schools by 2015.  This includes the design of new hardware and software tools for distributed digital design and fabrication. Before joining the Maker Faire crew, she worked in the Exploratorium’s Center for Museum Partnerships. Her research in the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group focused on digital storytelling, in connection with her long-time relationship (as a mentor) with the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. 

Educator Panel

Angi Chau, Ph.D, is director of the Bourn Idea Lab at Castilleja School. The Bourn Lab is a one-of-its-kind design and digital fabrication lab especially built for children, the first at a U.S. secondary school. As opposed to ordinary school robotics or "shop" labs, the Bourn Lab is equipped to teach a range of subjects from physics and engineering to art. It is the latest addition to a nascent network called FabLab@School, the brainchild of Stanford Professor Paulo Blikstein. Angi most recently was a lecturer at Cal State East Bay. She has also worked at San Francisco State and served on adjunct faculty for the University of San Francisco in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rice University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and a PhD in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley.

Dave Otten, Ph.Dteaches Physics and Applied Science and Engineering at the Athenian School in Danville CA. He also chairs the Science Dept., and was director of the Makers Studio during its first two years of development. Dave's doctoral work in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley taught him how to learn, and his exhibit development work at the Exploratorium taught him how to teach.

Brian Cohen (panelist) is the co-director of Beam Camp, a summer art and building camp in Strafford, New Hampshire. At Beam, campers aged 7-16 learn to make things happen through fine and manual arts, technology and collaboration. They work together on the spectacular Beam Project while exploring innovative thinking, design and the creative process. Campers engage with our full-time and visiting staff of professional architects, videographers, builders, engineers, designers, and makers of all kinds. AJ Almaguer graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergrad, he co-founded and served as president of Berkeley Engineers and Mentors (BEAM), an after school engineering program in the east bay. Coincidentally, he found Beam Camp on the east coast, which had no connection to UC Berkeley's BEAM until he decided to work there for the summer of 2012. There he served as a cabin counselor and as a project specialist, focusing on the realization of the capstone projects for each session.

William Church is public school physics teacher and has been using engineering design challenges and technology toolsets in his science classes since 1997. Bill has presented at many national conferences and co-authored a book of classroom activities entitled, Physics with Robotics. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Tufts Center for Engineering Educational Outreach, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical program, the Lemelson-MIT program, Antioch New England's COSEED project, the General Electric ELFUN Foundation, LEGO Education, and National Instruments. Bill is currently working toward an MS in Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University to help him realize his dream of creating a Fablab/Makerspace in northern New Hampshire.

Betsy Williams (panelist) is the co-founder of Hack the Future, a free hackathon for middle and high school students, designed around an informal setting originally designed for adult hackers.  Mentors from industry plan and staff stations from soldering or sewing circuits to programming robots and creating video games. Betsy is a current doctoral candidate in the Economics of Education at the Stanford University School of Education. She studies how people make decisions about education, at levels from individual choice to state and federal legislation. Of particular interest is how people prepare for careers in technology. She majored in Ethics, Politics & Economics at Yale University and is pursuing an M.A. in Economics at Stanford concurrently with her doctorate. Shuchi Grover is a mentor/volunteer at Hack the Future and a PhD candidate in the Learning Sciences and Technology Design Program (with a foundational focus in Developmental and Psychological Sciences) at the Stanford University School of Education. Her current research is primarily concerned with helping children become computationally literate - studying social, cultural and cognitive processes that help in developing computational thinking and literacy; and tools and environments that nurture such development. She has undergraduate degrees in Physics & Computer Science, an M.S. in Computer Science, and an Ed.M. (Technology, Innovation & Education) from Harvard University.

Tomás Vegas is a Plastic Artist who works in art production, academic research, and teaching focused on the boundary region of art and design. He has participated in several art exhibitions and did his Master’s degree in Art History studying the manifestation of design object in contemporary art articulated with theories of the design philosophy of Vilém Flusser. Tomás is currently an art teacher at Castanheiras school in São Paulo, Brazil, where he is also implementing a new Invention Workshop. In addition, he is a PhD candidate at Education College in University of Campinas, with a project on Pedagogy of Invention.