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Yasmin Kafai

Professor of Learning Sciences at University of Pennsylvania

Yasmin Kafai is a researcher and developer of online tools and communities (scratch.mit.edu), (stitchtfest.org), and (ecrafting.org) to promote equity and diversity in coding, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Her books include Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming, Connected Play: Tween in a Virtual World and Minds in Play: Computer Game Design as a Context for Children’s Learning, as well as edited volumes Textile Messages: Dispatches from the World of Electronic Textiles and Education, Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming, The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities, and Constructionism. After studying in France and Germany, Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working with Seymour Papert at the MIT Media Lab. She is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, an elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a past President of the International Society for the Learning Sciences.

PANEL: Intelligence, Reflection, and Creative Pedagogy
TITLE: "Designing for Creativity's Critical Turn"
TIME: Saturday, September 13, 9:45 – 10:15am