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Michael Horn

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Associate Professor of Education and Social Policy


2120 Campus Drive
Annenberg Room 336
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

617-803-5501Email Michael Horn


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Computer Science

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Ph.D. Computer Science, Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, MA

M.S. Computer Science, Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, MA

B.S. Computer Science, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Research Interests

Michael S. Horn is an associate professor at Northwestern University with a joint appointment in Computer Science and the Learning Sciences. Michael's research explores the use of emerging interactive technology in the design of novel learning experiences. His projects include the design and evaluation of a tangible computer programming language for use in science museums and early elementary school classrooms; and the design of multi-touch tabletop exhibits for use in natural history museums. His most recent work has involved the design of a learing platform to support digital music production and computational literacy for middle school and high school students.

Selected Publications

  • Michael Stephen Horn, Heidi Schelhowe, “2018 Edith Ackermann award-Bildungsmedien”, Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019, (2019)
  • Michael Stephen Horn, Marina U. Bers, “Tangible Computing”, The Cambridge Handbook of Computing Education Research, (2019)
  • Michael Stephen Horn, “Tangible Interaction and Cultural Forms”, Journal of the Learning Sciences, (2018)
  • Jessica Roberts, Amartya Banerjee, Annette Hong, Steven McGee, Michael Stephen Horn, Matt Matcuk, “Digital exhibit labels in museums”, CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (2018)
  • Zeina Atrash Leong, Michael Stephen Horn, Lisa Thaniel, Emily Meier, “Inspiring AWE”, CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (2018)
  • Judy Diamond, Michael Stephen Horn, David H Uttal, “Practical Evaluation Guide”, , (2016)
  • Michael S. Horn, Brenda C. Phillips, Evelyn Margaret Evans, Florian Block, Judy Diamond, Chia Shen, “Visualizing biological data in museums”, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, (2016)
  • David Weintrop, Elham Beheshti, Michael Horn, Kai Orton, Kemi Jona, Laura Trouille, Uri Wilensky, “Defining Computational Thinking for Mathematics and Science Classrooms”, Journal of Science Education and Technology, (2016)
  • , “Practical Evaluation Guide: Tools for museums and other informal education settings”, Rowman & Littlefield, (2016)
  • Horn, M. S.; Leong, Z. A.; Block, F.; Diamond, J.; Evans, E. M., “Of BATs and APEs: An Interactive Tabletop Game for Natural History Museums”, Ann Arbor, (2012)