MIT president and Congressman Joe Kennedy to host discussion on improving access to STEM education

Event will feature demonstrations of new technologies, presentations, and a panel discussion with leading education experts.

August 24, 2015

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Abby Abazorius
Phone: 617-253-2709
MIT News Office

On Thursday, September 3, MIT President L. Rafael Reif and Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III will host a discussion with leading education experts examining how technology can provide opportunities to expand quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all K-16 students. The event, which will take place at MIT’s Media Lab, will feature demonstrations of new projects and technologies, presentations by leading education experts, and a panel discussion. 

The event will begin at 3 p.m. with MIT researchers demonstrating new learning tools and outreach efforts. They will demonstrate a number of interactive projects including an augmented reality “sandbox” that displays a hands-on, real-time topographical map made of movable sand; a photography turntable that lets users capture GIFs and videos of DIY projects coming together; the new Scratch programming extension system, which enables users to apply the Scratch visual programming language to program new devices and applications; and new interactive games designed to help students explore STEM fields and build math and science skills. 

At 4 p.m., Reif and Kennedy will commence a series of presentations by MIT researchers and a panel discussion moderated by Professor Mitchel Resnick, head of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT. 

More information on the schedule of events and a full list of demonstrations can be found at

•    L. Rafael Reif, MIT president
•    Joe Kennedy III, congressman for the Fourth District of Massachusetts 

MIT faculty, including:

•    Sanjay Sarma, dean of digital learning at MIT
•    Angela Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT
•    Sangeeta Bhatia, the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT
•    John D.E. Gabrieli, the Grover M. Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT
•    Eric Klopfer, professor of urban studies and planning at MIT and director of the Education Arcade
•    Mitchel Resnick, the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab

Full schedule:

Thursday, September 3, 2015
3-6 p.m. 

6th floor of the MIT Media Lab (Building E14
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Reporters interested in attending should RSVP to Andrew Carleen at