Shelley Goldman

“Designing and Making Together: University and Middle School Students in Search of STEM Participation”

Presented By: Shelley Goldman, Professor, School of Education, Stanford University
Held on Monday, February 25th, 2013

Abstract: The d.loft STEM Learning project engages design thinking as a vehicle for exploring STEM topics and pathways. Our work benefits K-12 students and educators, as well as university students who act as mentors. The inspiration is the “Design for the Other 90% Movement,” which is based on designing low-cost innovative solutions for those who do not have access to basic services and products. We take up interdisciplinary STEM topics such as access to and conservation of water, energy and shelter. The talk will take up discussion around the power of the mentoring and design activities among the university and middle school students.

Bio: Shelley Goldman is an educational anthropologist who studies learning in and out of school, and applies findings to the development of teaching and learning environments. Goldman’s work focuses on creating opportunities for rich STEM learning, and for understanding how design thinking and technologies can create access to, and transform, learning. Current work includes bringing integrated STEM topics in K-12 education via design thinking and the development and research around technologies for family math and science exploration. A professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Goldman is on the faculty of the Learning, Design & Technology master’s program and the Learning Sciences & Technology Design doctoral program. She is also, by Courtesy, a professor in Mechanical Engineering’s Design Program.