Dr. Brigid Barron

Dr. Barron is an Associate Professor of Education at Stanford, founder of the YouthLAB, and a co-lead of the NSF funded Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Science of Learning research center that investigates the social foundations of learning across diverse communities contexts, and domains. Her research investigates how digital technologies can serve as catalysts for collaborative learning at home, school, and in the community with the goal of creating more equitable opportunities for expertise development. A special focus of this work is the development of an understanding the sources and consequences of variability in learning experiences. Current projects use a biographical unit of analyses to articulate relationships between the development of interests, learner pathways to expertise, personal social networks, and designed settings for learning. Her work appears in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Journal of the Learning Sciences, Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, and Human Development. She has co-edited a book on the use of video as data in Learning Sciences research. A new co-authored book has just been published by MIT press:  Barron, Gomez, Pinkard, & Martin (2014),  The Digital Youth Network: Cultivating Digital Media Citizenship in Urban Communities.


Michelle Friend

Michelle is a PhD student at the Stanford University School of Education, where she studies computer science education and gender equity in computer. She is a past President of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and currently serves on the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) K-12 Alliance. She has developed cirriculum at Google for App Inventor, for the Exploring Computer Science project, and for the Technovation Challenge, where she was also an instructor. Previously, Michelle taught computer science and was chair of the computer science department and Director of Technology at The Girls' Middle School in Mountain View, CA.


Amber Levinson

Amber Maria Levinson is a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Her dissertation examined how Hispanic-Latino immigrant families use media and opportunities for technology to support intergenerational language learning.  In addition to research Amber is passionate about design and designing media for language minority families and other underserved groups. Previously Amber worked with youth media production, as a researcher and practitioner.  She spent six years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she helped establish Cinema Nosso, a media arts program for youth from the city's poorest areas, and also worked as a writer and associate producer on films for the BBC,  National Geographic and others.


Caitlin K. Martin

Caitlin is a senior research and designer with the youthLAB group. Her interests are in the design and study of environments and opportunities for youth learning about and with technology, especially for underserved communities. She is especially interested in visualizing data in ways that participants (including youth learners, parents, teachers, and other stakeholoders) understand and use to further learning and development. Caitlin is also a senior researcher at the Digital Youth Network in Chicago. Martin holds a Masters degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from Stanford University. Prior to graduate work she was a graphic designer of children's books at Farrar, Straus & Giroux in NYC.


Véronique Mertl

Véronique Mertl is finishing a doctorate in Human Development and Cognition at the University of Washington. Her research explores the ecology of out-of-school learning contexts and the situated interactions that unfold. Her dissertation investigates collaboration and belongingness for professional and adolescent musicians. Through her research, she is particularly interested in social entrepreneurship as a way to create sustainable practices for adolescents in their passion-driven pursuits. She has worked in music organizations that serve underrepresented youth and was an elementary English teacher in France for several years.


Aekta Shah

Aekta is a doctoral student at Stanford. She was previously the Program Director of Technology and Youth Engagement at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED) where she engaged in research and development on issues including  technology, GIS mapping, education and sustainable community development.  Prior to joining I-SEEED, she worked with Boston Public School District as a researcher and case study writer and was previously the Director of Youth Programs at the Institute at the Golden Gate, a partnership of the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Committed to providing  college and career opportunities to traditionally underserved youth, Aekta has been recognized by organizations such as the Aspen Institute, Green for All, Bioneers and has presented for the UN on issues of sustainable development and education. Aekta holds an Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from Harvard and a B.A. in Developmental Psychology and Education from Dartmouth College.


Daniel Stringer

Daniel Stringer's research investigates youth participation in out-of-school educational programming, with a focus on youth development and community empowerment. Daniel is a Doctoral student in Stanford's Programs in Learning Sciences and Technology Design and Psychological Studies in Education. Daniel received his B.S. from Stanford in Science, Technology, and Society where he studied contemporary issues in social equity and information technology. Prior to beginning graduate school, Daniel worked for Google in Mountain View, California, and worked in small business development in New Orleans. He as also helped to organize and direct multiple academic enrichment and youth development programs in California and North Carolina.



Past Group Members

Ugochi Acholonu, Postdoctoral Scholar - Depaul University
Indigo Esmonde, Assistant Professor- University of Toronto
Rachel Fithian, IBM
Karin Forssell, Director of the LDT MA Program - Stanford University
Emma Mercier
, Assistant Professor - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Sarah Lewis
Ofelia Mangen
Jolie Matthews
, Assistant Professor - Northwestern University
Maryanna Rogers
, Director of Innovation - San Jose Tech Museum
Colin Schatz, Computer Science Instructor - Las Positas College
Lori Takeuchi, Senior Director and Research Scientist - Joan Ganz Conney Center
Sarah Walter, User Researcher - Google
Susie Wise, K12 Lab Network Director - Stanford d.school


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