Meet the Faculty Seminar: Prof. Michael Horn

"Blocks, Stickers, & Jigsaw Puzzles. Building Computational Literacy Skills for the Next Generation of Scientists"
Wednesday, October, 2015

Abstract: The nature of science is changing. More than ever scientists make use of sophisticated computational tools and massive amounts of data to pursue lines of inquiry that would have been almost unimaginable a generation ago. From the sequencing of genomes to the search for planets beyond our solar system, computation has become an indispensable tool. But these profound changes in the nature of science also raise important questions about how we should go about preparing the next generation of researchers, engineers, teachers, and policy makers:

* How can our various educational institutions (including schools, museums, and out-of-school programs) do a better job reflecting the computational nature of modern science?

* How can we use computational tools to make learning about science more satisfying and effective for young people?

* How can engage a broad and diverse audience in a computational future.

Bio: Prof. Michael Horn is an assistant professor at Northwestern University where he directs the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL) Lab. Michael has a joint appointment in Computer Science and the Learning Sciences, and his research explores the use of interactive technology in the design of innovative learning experiences. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Tufts University working in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and the Developmental Technologies research group. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Brown University and has worked as a software engineer for several companies including Classroom Connect and iRobot Corporation. His work can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Science, Boston, the Field Museum, and the Computer History Museum.