The Creativity Labs @ Indiana University brings together educators, designers, artists, and learning theorists interested in constructionist and design-based learning. We focus on computational tools that support learning by leveraging youths’ interests in digital culture, design, and making.

 

Newsworthy Events

The Creativity Labs is excited about:

 

Research Interests

We are passionate about interest-driven learning and creativity. We are currently working on:

Maker Culture

Maker Culture

Exploring the intersection between digital and physical materials, we are looking at how tools like LilyPad Arduino, Scratch, Modkit, and other maker tools can be used to make a new world of possibilities in education.

Designing Systems

Designing Systems

From games to digital stories to embodied play, we explore learning that highlights systems thinking concepts in the real world.

Arts & Creativity

Arts & Creativity

The 21st century arts learning landscape is changing. We explore new approaches for fostering arts learning and creativity, in and out of schools.

Portfolio

We design and research new technologies to promote creative learning in youth communities. Click the projects below to learn more.

 

Current and prior support from:

 

                                               

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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The MacArthur Foundation & the Indiana Department of Education
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Funded by:

The MacArthur Foundation
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The Moore Foundation
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Funded by:

The Wallace Foundation, National Science Foundation, & Chicago Community Trust
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Funded by:

The U.S. Department of Education & The Ford Foundation
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Funded by:

The New York Community Trust
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Funded by:

The Spencer Foundation, The National Science Foundation, & University of California President's Office
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Funded by:

The MacArthur Foundation & Fund for the Advancement of Peace and Education
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation

Publications

Textile Messages New Creativity Paradigms The Computer Clubhouse

Gaming the System Script Changers Short Circuits Soft Circuits

 

 

 

A Glance at the Creativity Labs

 

  • e-Bookmarks at IUPUC
  • Girl Scouts and e-Textiles
  • Interconnections Book Series
  • Knitting at Yarns Unlimited
  • e-Bookmarks at IUPUC
  • Learning the Running Stitch
  • Making sewable electronics
  • Paper Roller Coasters PD Training
  • Preschoolers learning circuitry
  • Professional Development Workshop
  • jquery slider
  • STEAM at SFSD
e-Bookmarks at IUPUC1 Girl Scouts and e-Textiles2 Interconnections Book Series3 Knitting at Yarns Unlimited4 Learning the Running Stitch5 Making sewable electronics6 Paper Roller Coasters PD Training7 Preschoolers learning circuitry8 Professional Development Workshop9 Sewing with Gail Hale10 STEAM at SFSD11
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Meet the Team

The Creativity Labs team includes learning scientists, educators, artists, designers, and programmers
Director
Dr. Kylie A. Peppler

Kylie is an Assistant Professor in the Learning Sciences Program at Indiana University. An artist by training, she engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, media, new technologies, and informal learning.

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Janis Watson

Janis is a 20-year veteran schoolteacher, an education writer, and a curriculum designer. Her interests lie in designing and facilitating the creation of innovative, digital, and game-based learning experiences.

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Ed Gentry

Ed is a game designer and writer working in educational video games. He has published a handful of short stories, one fantasy novel, and some tabletop RPG content. He has an avid interest in board and tabletop RP games, both as designer and player.

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Shenshen Han

Shenshen is currently working as the developer of the BioSim project at Creativity Labs. His recent interest mainly lies on exploring the sense of the next generation Internet Computing. He is an enthusiast of computer networks and pervasive computing.

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Sophia Bender

Sophia is interested in the role of creativity and engagement, promoting STEM equity through alternative approaches to learning and the inclusion of student interests (e.g., fan culture) in education. She hopes that, through her work in the Labs, she will help to make school more exciting for kids!

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Anna Keune

With a background in participatory design of digital media learning tools in Europe and India, Anna is passionate about participatory making. Her work focuses on maker culture, documentation practices of youth at makerspaces across the US, and co-designing equitable curricular approaches for making.

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Anthony Phonethibsavads

Tony fills a unique role in the lab as a specialist in creativity theory and assessment. Prior to joining the Creativity Labs, he worked on projects involving the measurement of creativity beliefs and stereotypes.

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Rafi Santo

Rafi is interested in new media, interest-driven learning, and online participatory cultures. His current research focuses on innovation processes in the education sector. Rafi is currently living in NYC, leading the Hive Research Lab project

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Mishael Sedas

Mishael is a doctoral student with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from BYU. While helping people in developing nations attain access to education he developed an interest in the creation of innovative technology to foster learning, especially in STEM subjects and low-income populations.

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Naomi Thompson

Naomi’s background in psych, education, and arts led to interest in informal spaces and crafting and making to encourage STEM participation. She is working on BioSim and systems thinking though play and embodiment. Ask about her interest in crochet!

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Larice Thoroughgood

Larice has a BSc in psychology and criminology from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests include motivation and emotional engagement in learning, science education, and using technology to deliver education in fun and innovative ways.

Meet Our Post-Docs and Expert Researchers!
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Kate Samson

Kate recently received a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science and Philosophy at IU. She is interested in ideas of embodied cognition, and is curious about the function of craft, computation and maker culture in creative learning. Kate is a cognitive scientist and ethnographer on our ReCrafting Math Education project.

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Amber Simpson

Amber is a post-doctoral researcher with a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. Her research involves understanding the role of making and tinkering in one’s pursuit of a degree and career in a STEM field, and she is part of the new Google project with Dr. Peppler and Dr. Adam Maltese.

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Pooja Saxena

Pooja is a doctoral candidate with experience in designing innovative curriculum in mathematics. She is an embedded weaver interested in exploring what motivates or deters young female students to engage in the STEM fields.

Meet Our Teacher Scholars!
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Em Jalkanen

Em has a degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University, and teaches 1st/2nd grade at the Bloomington Project School.  She deeply enjoys collaborating with other educators and learning about new, exciting ways to engage her students and colleagues.

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Tabitha Bow

Tabitha has a degree in Elementary Education and is a first grade teacher at Clear Creek Elementary. She loves teaching science through hands-on activities and crafts. She is very excited to collaborate on the BioSim project, and looks forward to helping develop STEM materials for K-2 students.

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Tarrance Banks

Tarrey teaches middle school, has a master's degree in school administration, and is working toward a Ph.D. in sustainability education. His focus on design-thinking, sustainability, and social justice through Project, Problem, and Place-based Learning (P3) is a great fit for the ReCrafting Math project.

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Alicia Morris

Alicia is a high school teacher interested in the implications of physical/digital artifact design & production on the rate and quality of transfer of learning. How do the design process + interest-driven learning + integration of (computer science + fashion design + mathematics) concepts affect transfer?

Meet Our Undergraduates!
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BioSim: Alex Dailey

Alex is a student of Human Biology and Human Health and Disease. He is interested in seeing how children grasp complex ideas as they are introduced to them in creative and interactive ways, as well as the dynamics of groups that force kids to be social in order to better understand various concepts and ideas.

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BioSim: Sam Lorentz

Sam is a biology student at Indiana University. He is interested in children’s cognitive development especially learning differences between age groups. Additionally he would like to learn about the entire research process, from developing research questions all the way through publication.

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RCM: Angela Caldwell

Angela is currently working towards a BFA in metals after receiving a BA in Painting and Art History. She owns her own jewelry business and in her free time is busy knitting and learning new craft. She comes from a family of teachers and crafts people and brings that knowledge to her research position.

Creativity Labs Alumni

See what our graduates are doing now

Former Team Members

Former Graduate Research Assistants

Justin Whiting, Pursuing Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology
Verily Tan, Pursuing Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology
Christian McKay, Pursuing Ph.D. in Inquiry Methodology
DiAnna Washington, Pursuing Ph.D. in Educational Psychology

Former REU Scholars

Kara Inglehart
Kate Kenny
Erin Meegan
Jaimie Smith
Cassiopeia Winslow

Former Programmers

Alexander Jacobs
Benjamin Zaitlen (quasiben)

The Creativity Labs has partnered with the following groups on recent and current projects:

 

Contact Us

We design and research new technologies to promote creative learning in youth communities.

Are you interested in the Learning Sciences? The LS faculty are well supported by major US foundations.  Our projects and our students excel when both are well matched.  In addition to the stipend and tuition waiver that comes with all of our assistantships, these projects can help connect you with established professional networks that are key to future success.

Contact Info

The Creativity Labs are located at Indiana University. For more information, contact:

Dr. Kylie Peppler
Eigenmann Hall | Room 528
1900 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana
47406-7512 | USA

Phone: 812-856-8381
Fax: 812-856-0862

Positions Available

Dr. Kylie Peppler’s team, the Creativity Labs @ Indiana University, is looking for new team members. If this interests you, apply to be a part of our team today!

  • Wanted: Undergrads interested in part-time employment on the NSF-funded ReCrafting Mathematics Project! This project highlights new ways to engage students and educators in mathematical thinking through hands-on crafts, an approach that leverages new tangible manipulatives as “objects-to-think-with” in mathematics education. Undergrads will assist children, document and collect data during implementations, and gain experience with data analysis software. Contact for more information.