Speakers


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

Edith K. Ackermann
Edith Ackermann
was an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab and a researcher at Jean Piaget's Centre International d'Epistemologie Genetique in Geneva. She is a Honorary Professor of Developmental Psychology, at the University of Aix-Marseille 1, France. Currently a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture, and a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she coaches graduate students, conducts research, and consults for companies, institutions, and organizations interested in the intersections between learning, teaching, design, and digital technologies.

Mike EisenbergMike Eisenberg, a pioneer in digital fabrication for kids, is Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At CU, Mike and his wife Ann co-direct the Craft Technology Lab, whose research focuses on blending new technologies with children's hands-on activities in the context of learning math and science. Mike has won several major teaching awards at CU; he has written a programming textbook, numerous scholarly publications, and is the author of a published play. Many popular technologies for kids were born at Mike's lab, such as the Lilypad (created by his advisee Leah Buechley, now at MIT), and Javagami.

Paulo BliksteinPaulo Blikstein is Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Education. He created the fist global program for taking fabrication labs to K-12 schools, the FabLab@School project. His research focus on how new technologies can deeply transform the learning of science, engineering, and mathematics. He creates and researches construction kits, tangible interfaces, computer modeling, and rapid prototyping, creating learning environments in which children learn by building sophisticated projects and devices. A recipient of the NSF Early Career Award, Blikstein holds a PhD. from Northwestern University, an MSc. from the MIT Media Lab, and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.