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Yasmin Kafai, a professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in research on electronic gaming, learning and gender, talked about her research during an ATLAS Speaker Series program on Nov. 5, 2012.
She was an early developer and researcher of Scratch, an educational programming language that helps students program virtual worlds. She is the author of the book "Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming" and several other gender and technology-related studies.
Kafai also has been instrumental in developing creative digital activities for children, including working with e-textiles.
Kafai received her doctorate from Harvard University while working with Seymour Papert at the MIT Media Laboratory and examines technology designs and cultures through the lens of constructionist theory.
The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.