MA in Learning Technologies Alumnus Wins Cisco Grant for K-8 Software Tool

Paul Reynolds (MA ’06), alumnus of the master’s degree program in educational technology (MALT), founded the nonprofit, Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity (Reynolds Center TLC), along with his twin brother, children’s book author and artist Peter Reynolds. They recently won a $75,000 grant from Cisco to help fund the development of Fab@ School Designer, a student- and teacher-friendly digital-fabrication software tool.

The goal of the tool is to engage K-8 students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. Fab@School Designer encourages students to construct objects such as geometric solids, packaging, and other working machines from imagination to physical form. It allows teachers to introduce critical STEM concepts in an engaging way.

Reynolds pointed to poor U.S. student performance in science and mathematics as the impetus for creating the software. The Reynolds Center TLC encourages creativity and innovation in teaching and learning.

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