Natalie is a Research Scientist in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, where she develops creative learning initiatives.
She is one of the creators of Scratch, a graphical coding language that enables young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, and games, and share them with others around the world in a creative online community.
Earlier in her career, she started the Computer Clubhouse, a creative out-of-school learning environment where young people design projects with support from mentors—which now has sites in 20 countries, including four Clubhouses in Australia.
Recently, she has been inspired to meet the growing international community of educators and young people offering opportunities for others to learn coding for creative expression.
Adam is the Head of Creative Industries at Pimpama State Secondary College and a past Queensland-Smithsonian (Cooper-Hewitt) Design Museum Fellow.
In 2016, Adam was awarded a Good Design Award (one of Australia’s most prestigious and diverse design assessment programs) for Jump Start – a design thinking and social entrepreneurship program empowering school students to make a positive change in the world through design-led creativity and entrepreneurial endeavours.
Adam is passionate about opportunities to engage critically with contemporary learning experiences in Art & Design education in Queensland.