Eric Klopfer

Eric Klopfer, Professor/Director


Klopfer’s research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The games that he works on are designed to build understanding of scientific practices and concepts as well as critical knowledge, using both mobile and web-delivered game platforms. In the realm of simulations, Klopfer’s work focuses on students understanding complex systems through, and connecting computer programming with, scientific practice, critical thinking, and real-world issues. He is the co-author of the books, Adventures in Modeling and The More We Know, as well as the author of Augmented Learning. Klopfer is also the co-founder and past president of the non-profit Learning Games Network.

Over the years I've collected many turtles, the iconic figure from the Logo language lineage dating back to Seymour Papert. I grew up in the age of Logo and was inspired to learn programming at an early age. The turtle continued on in Mitch Resnick’s work, and we maintain turtles at the heart of StarLogo.

Sample of Current Work:

Imagination Toolbox
Professional Development, Programming Tools
Summer PD for educators interested in games and simulations


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