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Marina Bers

Adjunct Professor
Computer Science
Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Marina Bers

Marina Bers

Adjunct Professor
Computer Science
Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Phone 617-627-4490
Eliot-Pearson Child Development Center
105 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
learning technologies, early childhood education, coding education, teacher education, STEAM
Biography: 

Marina Umaschi Bers is a professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. She heads the interdisciplinary Developmental Technologies research group. Her research involves the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children's positive development.

Education: 
Ph.D., Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, 2001
M.S., Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, 2000
B.A., Communication Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, 1993
Professional Experience: 
2013-present:

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, KinderLab Robotics, Inc.

2005-present:

Department of Computer Science, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2013-present: Adjunct Professor
  • 2005-2013: Adjunct Associate Professor
2005-present:

Fellow, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

2001-present:

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University

  • 2013-present: Professor
  • 2011-present: Director of M.A. Program
  • 2001-2012: Associate Professor
2005-2011:

Associate Scientific Staff, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children's Hospital

Research Interests: 

Marina Bers conceives and designs diverse technological tools ranging from robotics to virtual worlds. Her recent research focuses on how new technologies such as robotics and programming languages, that extend the possibilities of traditional learning manipulatives, can be successfully used to promote math, science, technology, and engineering education in early childhood alongside with socio-emotional development and the arts.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2016: Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Graduate Student Studies, Tufts University
2015: Women to Watch in Technology Award, Boston Business Journal
2006: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)