Friday, April 26, 2013
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
America's Center Convention Complex
Washington Avenue at Eighth Street
St. Louis, Missouri
We welcome local alumni, alumni visiting St. Louis for the FIRST Championships, and admitted MIT students in the Class of 2017 for a special reception. Come and learn about the MIT Alumni Association's K-12 STEM outreach programs and our alliance with FIRST.In addition, we will feature keynote speaker Professor Mtichel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten group. Professor Resnick will discuss the Lifelong Kindergarten, Scratch, and other innovations in education. You’ll also have the chance to meet other alumni who have a passion for FIRST and its impact on students. Register now.
Please Note: Closed-toe shoes and safety glasses are required to visit the "pits" at the championships. If you wear the right shoes, we'll provide the safety glasses.
Mitchel Resnick SM '88 PhD '92
Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, 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 kit. He 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. Resnick's group also developed Scratch, an online community where children program and share interactive stories, games, and animations. He earned a BA in physics at Princeton University (1978), and MS and PhD degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked as a science-technology journalist from 1978 to 1983, and he has consulted throughout the world on creative uses of computers in education. He is author of Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (1994), co-editor of Constructionism in Practice (1996), and co-author of Adventures in Modeling (2001). In 2011, Resnick was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education.