Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
College of Global Futures
As a PhD student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, I study the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology-- essentially, how science and technology define (and simultaneously are defined by) human culture, society, and behavior. Through this lens, I have been engaged in studying how new technologies promoted by the Maker Movement are impacting the organizational culture of formal and informal educational institutions. My previous work as the founding Program Director for Arizona Science Center's education-oriented community makerspace, as well as my time as a STEM teacher at the middle and high school levels has provided excellent context for my research into this topic.
While studying at SFIS, I have been working closely with professors from ASU's Polytechnic School of Engineering, who have been doing research into Maker Identity and the integration of Maker practices in engineering curricula.
My research interests center on innovative learning frameworks that blend pedagogies and strategies from formal and informal STEM educational settings, specifically focusing on collaboration, prototyping, and both digital and traditional fabrication skills. Through my work with the Maker Educational Pathways Research Group, I have studied the role of the Maker Movement in shaping the identities of young adults and its implications for STEM education reform.