Oct. 13, 2015

How to inspire students in STEM with Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Learning Technologies, and Founding Director of the in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Kevin Clark is a full professor in the Learning Technologies...


Kevin Clark, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Learning Technologies, and Founding Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Kevin Clark is a full professor in the Learning Technologies Division of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. His research interests include the role of interactive and digital media in education; issues of diversity in educational media; and broadening participation in STEM careers and disciplines. In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Clark has more than 20 years experience as a designer, advisor, and consultant to organizations such as:  National Park Service, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Common Sense Media, Fred Rogers Center, Disney Junior, Jim Henson Company, and DHX Media.   

Because of his work, Dr. Clark has also been honored by the White House as a STEM Access Champion of Change.External Link to Champion of Change (New Window) and selected as a Fellow for theTelevision Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar. Dr. Clark holds both a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University. Click here for the Full Bio

In this Episode we Discussed:

  1. The disconnect between what teens see as essential technology and what parents see as essential for education.
  2. How to encourage students to pursue STEM careers by meeting them where they are--using their own interests as vehicles to inspire an interest in STEM. 
  3. How media diversity can make or break a student's interest in pursuing STEM.