Make-to-Learn Committee

Kylie Peppler is an Assistant Professor in the Learning Sciences Program at Indiana University. An artist by training, she engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, media, new technologies, and informal learning. Peppler’s involvement in the study and development of the media-rich programming environment Scratch resulted in the book, The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities. Peppler has collaborated with Leah Buechley and Yasmin Kafai to study e-textiles and to create new programming tools and an online community (LilyPond) for LilyPad Arduino designers. Her current work on creativity, systems thinking, and media arts in youth communities is supported by the National Science Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl directs national programs and site development at the National Writing Project in Berkeley, California. With Christina Cantrill, she co-founded Digital Is, a web-based project exploring how people develop, share, and publish their writing in a digital world. Eidman-Aadahl works extensively with the Digital Media and Learning (DML) initiative sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Mitchel Resnick is the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and the head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. He explores how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences. Resnick’s research group developed the “programmable brick” technology that inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits, and also developed the Scratch online community where children program and share interactive stories, games, and animations. Resnick co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, a worldwide network of after-school centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies.
Lisa Regalla is the National Program Director for the Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed). She manages Maker Corps, a program that builds the capacity of youth serving organizations to engage families nationwide in making. Before joining the Maker Ed team, she was the Manager of Science Content & Outreach at Twin Cities Public Television for the series SciGirls and DragonflyTV. She also held positions at the Museum of Science, Boston and the Da Vinci Science Center in PA. Lisa received both a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Theater from Lehigh University before pursuing her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida.
Tara Tiger Brown is the Technology Director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, where she leverages new technologies to form robust online communities. Brown has over 15 years of experience leading the design, development, and management of world-class software, services, and interactive media projects at organizations that include the University of Southern California, University of California Irvine, Shazam, Topspin, and Microsoft. She is the founder of the LA Makerspace, a kid friendly hackerspace in Los Angeles, and also works with represent.la to help connect and promote the Los Angeles tech startup community.