I work with youth, families, STEM centers, and community organizations to reimagine STEM, learning+development, the maker movement, + participatory research + design for brighter possibilities together. Join us.
Research Scientist, University of Michigan School of Education
I study life, learning, and development outside of school. Working with youth as research partners, I use participatory methodologies to explore their experiences with a particular focus on STEM and the maker movement. This work is grounded in literature from the learning sciences, but expanded and re-imagined through critical theory, youth development, and new participatory research methods. Ongoing projects are informed by youth expertise on what structures support their efforts to build successful pathways for their futures.
Drawing from my experiences as an out-of-school STEM educator in community organizations, science museums and centers, summer programs, and science media, I also engage youth expertise to inform educational design.
Embracing learners as complex and mobile people, and learning spaces as porous sites of sharing, my work engages both youth and adults to re-imagine possibilities for more equitable educational futures. My goal is systemic change with youth in BIPOC and low-income communities, through reimagining and restructuring STEM learning and practice opportunities and spaces outside of school. This goal drives my multilayered approach to exploring and revealing youth learning, practice, desires, and dreams with rigor, complexity, and nuance.
Current Research Highlights
Check out our Rapid Learning for Justice project, an NSF-funded collaborative effort to study youth and family STEM learning in the COVID-19 multi-pandemic.
Learn about our YESTEM project, a US/UK partnership grant funded by NSF and the Wellcome Trust to design for justice-oriented STEM learning outside of school.