The Creativity Labs 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:

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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. Mouse over and click the link icons on the projects below to learn more about some of our current and completed projects.

 

Current and prior support from:

 

                              

                                         

 

                         

 
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Collective Shift & The MacArthur Foundation
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation & The Wellcome Trust
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The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The Boeing Company
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The National Science Foundation
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The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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The Moore Foundation
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Funded by:

The New York Community Trust
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Funded by:

The U.S. Department of Education & The Ford 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 Wallace Foundation, National Science Foundation, & Chicago 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
 

Team Awards

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Publications

The members of the Creativity Labs team have collaborated and contributed to more than 100 publications since 2008.

 

A Sampling of Our Recent Publications:

  1. Peppler, K. (Ed.) (2017). Encyclopedia of out-of-school learning. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.
  2. Tan, V., Keune, A., & Peppler, K. (2017). The materiality of design in e-textiles. In S. Goldman & Z. Kabayadondo (Eds) Taking Design Thinking to School: How the Technology of Design Can Transform Teachers, Learners, and Classrooms. New York, NY: Routledge.
  3. Thompson, N., Peppler, K., & Danish, J. (2017). Designing BioSim: Playfully encouraging systems thinking in young children. In Zheng, R. & Gardner, M. (Eds.), Handbook of research on serious games for educational applications, Ch.7 (pp. 149-167). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  4. Peppler, K., Halverson, E. & Kafai, Y. (Eds.) (2016). Makeology: Makerspaces as learning environments (Volume 1). New York, NY: Routledge.
  5. Santo, R., Ching, D., Peppler, K., & Hoadley, C. (2016). Working in the open: Lessons from open source on building innovation networks in education. On the Horizon. 24(3), pp. 280-295. DOI: 10.1108/OTH-05-2016-0026
  6. Bender, S., and Samson, K. (2015, September 26-27). Re-crafting mathematics: Early lessons learned at the intersection of textile crafts and math. Paper presented at the fifth annual FabLearn Conference: Equity and Diversity in Making. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University.

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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 Associate Professor in Informatics and Education at University of California, Irvine and Director of the Creativity Labs. 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 online, digital, and game-based learning experiences.

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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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Zhimei He

Zhimei is interested in exploring maker culture and education. Her research focuses on the impacting factors of making, functions of co-working, and shared innovation, relationship between maker education and creative industry.

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Maggie Dahn

Maggie Dahn is a doctoral candidate in the Urban Schooling division at UCLA. As a former visual arts teacher, her research interests include how students learn in the arts, the development of voice and identity through art making, and issues of access and equity in arts education.

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Ernest Garrison

Ernest works with outreach groups and educators visiting UCI. His focuses are innovation, programming, micro-computing and project-based learning. He is the founding advisor for the Innovator Squad at UCI. Above all, Ernest’s greatest joy is teaching and helping others.

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Ariel Han

Ariel is a Ph.D. student in informatics at UC Irvine with a background in fine arts, industrial design, and information technology. Her research interests lie in engineering education through playful activities and developing design toolkits for improving creative expressions for young people.

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Joey Huang

Joey is a Ph.D. candidate in Learning Sciences. Coming from educational psychology and computing, her research focuses on computational thinking, collaboration, and STEM learning, hoping to create more interesting and inspiring learning environments to promote equity and collaboration.

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Anna Keune

Anna is a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences program at Indiana University. As a new media artist and designer, she leverages her international experiences across four continents to engage in research that spans across art, technology design, and materiality of learning.

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Anthony Phonethibsavads

Tony fills a unique role in the labs 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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Mishael Sedas

Mishael is a doctoral student in Learning Sciences and Human-Computer Interaction, with a background in engineering. He is interested in using design to encourage and support interest-driven STEAM learning for non-dominant and low-income populations.

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Naomi Thompson

Coming from psychology, education, and arts, Naomi is interested in intersections of arts, making, and broadening STEM participation. She is currently working on systems thinking through play in BioSim, and is involved in the ReCrafting Math project.

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Suraj Uttamchandani

Coming from New York with a background in math, Suraj primarily studies higher education. His interests include discourse analytic methods, constructionist theory, the design of learning spaces, and critical approaches to the learning sciences.

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Nikki Yankova

Nikki is a Ph.D student in Education with a background in math, English literature, and creative writing. She is interested in developing tools to facilitate learning and creative thought to promote mathematical thinking and broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

Meet Our 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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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, Undergrads, and Volunteers!
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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?

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Ryan Paquette

Ryan is majoring in nonprofit management and minoring in education policy. She is interested in how student led projects and student-collaboration are better able to keep children engaged in the classroom. She is assisting researchers in the ReCrafting Math Education and Nexus projects.

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Shay Upadhyay

Shay is majoring in Nonprofit Management (SPEA) and Social Work (School of Social Work). She is interested in working for the Department of Child Services for a few years after graduation and then working for an NGO that provides social services to families in need.

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Lillyanna Faimon

Lillyanna is a junior studying Cognitive Science. She is interested in understanding children’s motivations for learning, how to encourage this, and how creativity influences and helps children understand various complex ideas and concepts. She's helping researchers on the ReCrafting Mathematics Education project.

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Britney Klotzshe

Britney is a freshman studying Human Biology with a concentration in human health and disease on the pre-med track. She is also minoring in studio art. Her hope is to become a pediatric cardiologist, and she is interested in children's mental development.

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Baylee Gabbard

Baylee is a student in the Secondary Social Studies Education program. She is also completing the Computer Educator License program through the school. She is interested in seeing how she can implement creative, interactive, collaborative projects into her future classroom as a way to help her students learn complex material.

Creativity Labs Alumni

See what our graduates are doing now:

Former Team Members

Former Graduate Research Assistants
Christian McKay DiAnna Washington
Larice Thoroughgood Justin Whiting
Former REU and RET Scholars
Kara Inglehart Kate Kenny Tabitha Bow
Erin Meegan Jaimie Smith Emily Jalkanen
Cassiopeia Winslow Sam Lorentz Angela Caldwell
Alex Dailey
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 will be moving to the University of California, Irvine, in summer 2019. For more information, contact:

Dr. Kylie Peppler
DBH 5206
Irvine, California
92697-3440 | USA