Ben Shapiro, assistant professor, investigates how to enable children from diverse backgrounds to learn computer science through collaborative, creative expression and through the design of networked technologies to solve problems in their homes and communities. He received his doctorate in learning sciences from Northwestern University, and he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. In 2016, Ben received the University of Colorado Boulder's President’s Commendation for Promoting Diversity on Campus, and in 2015, he was a recipient of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The research award, which came with a five-year grant of $500,000, supports junior faculty members who demonstrate excellence in research and effectively integrate their research with education.
Ben is proud to say he and his wife, Sarah, received first place in the 2008 Northwestern University Learning Sciences Mac & Cheese Cookoff.
- Annie Kelly, Lila Finch, Monica Bolles and R. Benjamin Shapiro. 2018. BlockyTalky: New Programmable Tools to Enable Students’ Learning Networks, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcci.2018.03.004 (In press, May, 2018).
- R. Benjamin Shapiro, Annie Kelly, Matthew Ahrens, Ben Johnson, Heather Politi, and Rebecca Fiebrink. 2017. Tangible distributed computer music for youth. Comput. Music J. 41, 2 (June 2017), 52-68. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1162/COMJ_a_00420
- Annie Kelly, Monica Bolles, and R. Ben Shapiro. 2017. BlockyTalky: A Prototyping Toolkit for Digital Musical Interfaces. Workshop at New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME ’17). (Copenhagen, Denmark, May 15-19, 2017).
- Casey Fiesler, Shannon Morrison, R. Benjamin Shapiro, and Amy S. Bruckman. 2017. Growing Their Own: Legitimate Peripheral Participation for Computational Learning in an Online Fandom Community. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ‘17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1375-1386. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2998181.2998210 (Portland, Oregon, February 25 - March 1, 2017).