TEACHER LEARNER & LEADER
I Imagine New Approaches to Learning Science
I am an education researcher interested in understanding how emerging technologies like synthetic biology can be leveraged in ways to encourage learning conditions that are both accessible and equitable. I work with a team of incredibly creative researchers who bring myriad perspectives drawn from the arts and sciences. This affords me insights into the ways academic domains intersect to create innovative outcomes.
Litts, B. K., Widman, S. A., Lui, D. A., Walker, J.T., & Kafai, Y. B. (2019). A Maker Studio Model for High School Classrooms: The Nature and Role of Critique in an Electronic Textiles Design Project. Teachers College Record, 121(9), n9.
What I’ve Learned
B.S., ENGLISH LITERATURE/BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
I studied and researched molecular biology. This was complimented with studies in literature where I grew an interest in writers like Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. During summers, I carried out research with the Leadership Alliance at Brown University and taught math in Cambridge with the Breakthrough Collaborative. Those experiences shaped how I think about science, learning and the arts.
M.S.E., ENGINEERING BIOTECHNOLOGIES, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Studying at Penn helped shape the way I understand cells and how they can be leveraged creatively. This is where I began to think about how engineering principles can be useful in teaching and learning. I took these experiences back to the classroom and began teaching biotechnology courses to better contextualize topics covered in the biology courses I also taught.
GRADUATE AND POST DOCTORAL FELLOW, TEACHING, LEARNING AND TEACHER EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
These days I study how emerging technologies (e.g., Synthetic Biology or Electronic Textiles) exist in teaching and learning. I'm fascinated also by the possibilities technology poses in creating more equitable and accessible learning experiences. I use Learning Science and Sociocultural perspectives to inform my research and hope to continue doing so professionally as a professor/leader. This of course is all thanks to my advisor and mentor Yasmin B. Kafai.