How can we design research that supports young people as creators?
Dr Natalie Rusk, MIT Media Lab
Natalie Rusk is one of the creators of Scratch and is a Research Scientist in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. She is the lead author of the Scratch Coding Cards and co-founder of the Computer Clubhouse, which has grown into an international network of 100 after-school centers where young people create projects that build on their interests. Natalie researches youth motivation for learning in Scratch and other learning environments and recently co-authored the research paper, Youth perspectives on their development in a coding community. She earned a Masters in Education from Harvard and a PhD in child development from Tufts University. You can read some of Natalie’s writing online, including her article: There’s More Than One Way to Code a Cat.