Cassia Fernandez is a researcher and educator working in the area of teaching programming, electronics, and science. She is currently a FabLearn Research Fellow with the TLT Lab at Columbia University. She has a Bachelor in physics from IF-USP, and master and doctoral student degree in Electrical Engineering from POLI-USP; her research focuses on the creation and evaluation of activities based on exploratory approaches (tinkering) to promote creativity and creative confidence of Basic Education students. She has worked as a scientific consultant for the Stanford Graduate School of Education’s FabLearn Program in the design of science curricula and professional development projects for public school teachers in Brazil. She has experience as an elementary school teacher in the areas of Programming and Scientific Initiation and has created a low-cost physical computing kit that has been used in Brazilian schools and in her academic research. Cassia is a Stanford FabLearn Fellow and has a research internship at the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
FabLearn Research Fellow, TLT Lab, Columbia University