mres | MIT Center for Civic Media

Mitchel Resnick
Principal Investigator

Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Laboratory, develops new technologies that engage children in creative learning experiences, opening new opportunities for children to express themselves and actively participate in their communities. Resnick’s research group developed Scratch, an innovative software tool that makes it easy for children to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations -- and share their creations on the web. Resnick also co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of after-school centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Resnick earned a B.A. in physics at Princeton University (1978), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked for five years as a science-technology journalist for Business Week magazine.