areas of focus

(descriptions of 2 current NSF projects below)


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Science Learning+ Youth Equity Pathways in Informal Science Learning, Supported by the National Science Foundation and Wellcome Trust
Taking an ecological view of STEM learning as a sociocultural process of participation and transformation, the project employs a Complex Adaptive System lens to document multiple pathways youth take (or not) within/across ISL settings over time, the impact these pathways have on learning and development, and their influence on ISL organizations themselves. These lenses will help us identify aspects of learning environments which shape youth access and development, and the value and impact of the equity ideas, tools and practices.


As Project Manager, I am leading construction of participatory research portfolios in both Lansing, MI sites. This includes (1) Conducting critical ethnographic research on youth equity pathways in ISL at two Lansing, MI research sites, Boys and Girls Club and Impression 5 Science Center, and (2) Supervising another graduate student research assistant to support this work. I am also coordinating project efforts across 4 US sites (2 mentioned above and 2 in Portland, OR). This includes (1) Organizing project events and meetings across 4 US sites, and (2) managing ongoing communication with sites in UK (2 sites in London and 2 sites in Bristol).

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screen-shot-2017-08-27-at-4-54-39-pm-e1568318060256.pngDr. Angela Calabrese Barton’s Making for Change and iEngineering Projects, Supported by the National Science Foundation
As Project Team Leader, I am conducting critical ethnographic and youth collaborative design-based research focusing on middle school-aged children’s identity development in an afterschool, urban STEM program. As part of this research, I lead a year-round after school STEM/making program for youth in Lansing, MI, focused on the science and engineering of energy sustainability using advanced technologies. Ongoing student work is highlighted at (all blog posts and videos are produced by students). Ongoing researcher updates can be found at