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Bringing Humor and Storytelling to STEM Projects
Monday September 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Jenni Light, Senior Manager, Insights and Strategy, Cartoon Network; John Britt, Writer/Producer, Cartoon Network Creative Group; and Chris Rettstatt, Product Manager, Wonder Workshop
Sponsored by Wonder Workshop
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Infusing humor and heart into kids’ robotics can have a powerful impact on engagement, as it enables students to form emotional connections to STEM learning content. In this edWebinar, you’ll learn creative strategies to help you connect robotics to relatable real-world scenarios so that your students carry the learning with them beyond the project and classroom.
The presenters—Jenni Light, Senior Manager, Insights and Strategy for Cartoon Network, John Britt, Writer and Producer for Cartoon Network, and Chris Rettstatt, Product Manager for Wonder Workshop—share details and personal stories from their current collaboration. They also introduce illustrative examples from other inspiring projects that use story and humor to unleash kids’ natural creativity. This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, school leaders, technology integrationists and specialists, and instructional coaches of preK through junior high grade levels.
About the Presenters
Jenni Light began her career in toy design and became fascinated in the science and behavior behind play. After leaving toy design, she continued her post-graduate work in design-based ethnographic field research and began working with fortune 500 companies as well as educators to understand the overlapping spaces in learning, play, and technology. Since joining Cartoon Network, Jenni has had the opportunity to work and create in spaces encompassing entertainment, technology, and social-emotional learning while identifying new ways to bring humor and heart to our fans.
John Britt has been making video nonsense for nearly 20 years, ranging from chuckle-inducing commercials to mirth-inspiring music videos. Currently, his nonsense-making skills are utilized by Cartoon Network’s Creative Group, where he writes promos and short-form content for shows such as Craig of the Creek, Infinity Train, and Ben 10. In his spare time, he enjoys building lo-fi electronic musical devices created with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, old-school integrated circuits, and plenty of fumbling guesswork.
Chris Rettstatt has been creating content and products for kids for 20+ years. A big fan of interactive content, Chris’ current focus is on creating play and learning experiences at the intersection of narrative, robotics, and the endless ingenuity of kids. Chris was recently Digital Editor at Highlights for Children, and he currently serves as Product Manager at Wonder Workshop, where he is developing missions for the Wonder League Robotics Competition.
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Wonder Workshop creates engaging, hands-on learning tools, programming languages, and curriculum that bring STEM and coding to life for grades K-8. Robotics fosters critical thinking skills at an early age, encourages creativity, and turns students into makers rather than consumers. Wonder Workshop is the creator of the Dash and Dot robots. Let’s inspire students to be future leaders in technology. Find out more at makewonder.com