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Robbie Berg, Professor of Physics, Wellesley College

Robbie is an advisor to the Learning through Engineering Design project. His research centers on developing new computational tools for use in science education. He collaborates closely with the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, working on the creation of a new generation of "programmable bricks" called Crickets. He helped develop an NSF-funded project called Beyond Black Boxes, in which children use Crickets to design their own instruments for scientific investigations. He has also been serving as an advisor for the Playful Invention and Exploration (PIE) Network, in which the MIT Media Lab and museums around the world are finding ways to encourage more creative uses of digital media by blending art, science and technology.

Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

The Global Institute of Sustainability's researchers and education outreach unit collaborate the Learning through Engineering Design project to help design, field test, implement, and disseminate the "Urban Heat Island" middle school learning module. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. It is the hub of Arizona State University's sustainability initiatives.

Kyrene School District

The Kyrene School District's administration, educators, and students at Aprende and Centennial Middle Schools are collaborators with the Learning through Engineering Design project. They collaborate to bring engineering education learning experiences to students and teachers in both the formal and informal settings. Kyrene serves over 18,000 K-8 students in 19 elementary and 6 middle schools.

Robert "Chip" Lindesy, Associate Director, Don Harrington Discovery Center, Amarillo, TX

Chip is an advisor to the Learning through Engineering Design project. His has interests in inquiry teaching and learning, playful invention and exploration, and informal science education. He has served on the Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) strategic committee on Equity and Diversity providing leadership in supporting ASTC's implementation of the Equity and Diversity Initiative, identifying best practices in the field. He is also the former principal investigator of the Design IT Studio, 2003-06 Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers youth-based project at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, TX.

Laura Martin, Director of Science Interpretation, Arizona Science Center

Laura is an advisor to the Learning through Engineering Design project. She is an expert in informal science education and has authored numerous peer reviewed publications and book chapters on learning science and mathematics in a variety of settings. She has written curriculum and developed demonstration projects in science. Her prior experiences include serving as Director of Research at the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Informal Learning and Schools at the Exploratorium, San Francisco; and Executive Vice President of Experiences at the Phoenix Zoo.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) "Where Discoveries Begin" is an independent federal agency. Through its Division for Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) program called the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), the NSF sponsored the Learning through Engineering Design & Practice: Using our Human Capital for an Equitable Future, with $1,079,985, Award# 0737616, 2007-2011, to design, develop, and field test engineering-design based project challenges in the after-school settings.

Mesa Public Schools

The Mesa Public Schools' administration, educators, and students at Carson, Mesa, Powell, and Smith Junior High schools collaborated with the Learning through Engineering Design project 2007-2010 to offer after-school programs at these schools for middle school students and their families on engineering education and career pathways. Mesa Public Schools is the largest school district in Arizona and serves students in grades K-12.

Microchip Technology

Microchip is an American manufacturer of microcontroller, memory, and analog semiconductors. The company's headquarters is located at Chandler, AZ. Microchip's employees have volunteered at participating schools, working side by side with students enrolled in the Learning through Engineering Design project's after school programs in Mesa Public Schools (2007-2009).

Mike Pertich, Learning Studio, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

Mike is an advisor to the Learning through Engineering Design project. He is a science educator for the Institute for Inquiry and Project Director for the Learning Studio at the Exploratorium. He along with Karen Wilkinson develops and teaches innovative workshops that blur the lines between science, art, and technology. They apply their background as fine artists and curriculum developers to the design and integration of new (and current) educational technologies at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. They draw on more than ten years of working together, integrating science and art curriculum at in-school, and out-of-school learning environments. Of particular interest for them is the functional design of informal learning environments that try to foster creative thinking, and inquiry learning.

SRP (Salt River Project)

The Salt River Project is a local water and energy service provider. SRP professionals have collaborated with the project to offer professional development to participant teachers and offered renewable energy internships to participant K-12 students during the summer (2007-2010). Renewable energy internships have focused on sustainable energy resources, energy use options, water quality and treatment, and building renewable energy models.

Science Foundation of Arizona

The Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) plays a pivotal role in delivering and managing a strategy in purpose-driven research and innovation for Arizona's knowledge-based economy to grow and prosper. The SFAZ sponsored Graduate Research Fellows K-12/Industry Programs at Arizona State University (2009-11) places science and engineering students in K-12 schools through the ASU Citizen Scientist-Engineer @ K-12 schools program (co-Principal Investigator: Tirupalavanam Ganesh).

Karen Wilkinson, Learning Studio, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

Karen is an advisor to the Learning through Engineering Design project. She is a science educator for the Institute for Inquiry and Project Director for the Learning Studio at the Exploratorium. She along with Mike Petrich develops and teaches innovative workshops that blur the lines between science, art, and technology. Using a variety of tools, materials and emerging technologies, they create environments and conditions for learners to foster creative thinking and inquiry learning. The Exploratorium's Learning Studio serves as model environment for working with artists, educators, museum staff and visitors to explore these new ideas, generate unusual exhibits, and participate in technology infused activities. They apply their background as fine artists and curriculum developers to the design and integration of new (and current) educational technologies at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

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