Eric Klopfer

Professor/Director

Professor Klopfer's research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He works on mobile and onlines games designed to build understanding of scientific practices and concepts as well as critical knowledge.  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", "The More We Know", as well as author of "Augmented Learning,"   Klopfer is also the co-founder, past President, and Board Member of the non-profit Learning Games Network.
 
PHOTO INSPIRATION: Over the years Eric has collected many turtles, the iconic figure from the Logo language lineage dating back to Seymour Papert. He 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 the turtle remains at the heart of Eric's continuation of that work in StarLogo and its successor, Toolblox.

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