Harvard Graduate School of Education & MIT Center for Bits & Atoms
I'm a former science documentary television producer, writer, director who decided she wanted to become a part of the story, rather than just telling other people's stories. To that end, I changed careers about 7 years ago (after 18 years in the TV biz), moved to MIT and set up shop at the Media Lab with Prof. Neil Gershenfeld. I was fortunate to see the personal fabrication movement in its nascent form, and watched it evolve over the years. Though hired as a manager, I followed personal fabrication from the Media Lab into the field Fab Lab program, finding that there was a secret tinkerer hidden in my psyche. Since that time I have become a passionate fab labber and firm believer in the idea of personal fabrication and the empowerment that comes from making things for yourself. But to make really powerful, useful things in the world you have to learn deep content in science, mathematics and engineering. So my journey has led me to the Ed School here at Harvard where I'm exploring how to take digital fabrication into the classroom, not just to develop skills, but to help people develop the integrated knowledge they need to make things. My goal is to develop more intuitive, integrated tools for teaching the engineering and science content that future fabbers in the world will need. I spend a good part of my time now fabricating, running the international Fab Lab network, and of course studying really really hard.
Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you have any 2ndary education contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest at MIT. We're trying to get the word out as much as possible because the more videos we get, the more helpful we can be!
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!