Brian E. Gravel
Brian Gravel is an assistant professor and director of Elementary Education in the Department of Education. He studies how people of all ages use representations to work and learn in STEM. Brian’s work is grounded in community partnerships, using co-design practices to build humanizing approaches to STEM. His research focuses on learning with representations, materials, and processes in making spaces and with expressive computational technologies. Major threads include makerspaces in schools, designing culturally sustaining learning ecologies, and the study of transdisciplinary practices in computational STEM activities. Learn more at Brian’s personal website.
Beginning in 2011, Brian and colleagues developed the Elementary STEM M.A.T. program, which prepares elementary school teachers for engaging their students in the practices of science, engineering, and mathematics. The program focuses on (1) work in urban settings by leveraging a strong tradition of urban school partnerships within the department, and (2) it leverages the ongoing research on STEM at the K-12 level by faculty and graduate students in the department.