Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers is the co-creator of the
widely-popular programming language, ScratchJr. She is a professor
in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human
Development and adjunct professor in the Computer Science
Department at Tufts University. She also heads the Developmental
Technologies (DevTech) Research group where she studies innovative
ways to promote positive childhood development through new learning
technologies. Additionally, she created KIBO, a robotics platform
for children 4 to 7 which allows young learners to learn
programming and engineering skills without screens or keyboards.
Dr. Bers is also the director of the graduate Early Childhood
Technology certificate program at Tufts University. More her
approach that conceives coding as a literacy of the 21st century,
can be found in her book Coding as a Playground: Programming and
Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom.
Dr. Amanda Sullivan is a post doctoral associate in the Developmental Technologies (DevTech) research group and associate director of the graduate Early Childhood Technology certificate program at Tufts University. Her research focuses on gender issues and technology.