Natalie Rusk, Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab, focuses on the development of programs that build on young people’s interests. She is a founder of the Computer Clubhouse program and a developer of the Scratch programming language. She has directed creative technology projects at the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Exploratorium, including collaborating on the Thinking Fountain and the initial PIE Network. Her doctoral degree at Tufts University focused on bridging research on emotion, motivation, and informal learning environments.
She continues to appreciate constructionist learning philosophy, finding that the most meaningful way to learn about ideas is by creating something, iteratively and collaboratively.