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Ed-Tech Specialist and TERC Research Scientist Elisabeth Sylvan Named Vice President at The Tech Museum of Innovation

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
SAN JOSE, CA –Elisabeth Sylvan, an ed-tech professional specializing in the design and development of technologies for creative communities has joined The Tech as its Vice President of Education.
Sylvan received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab. There she worked on projects such as the Scratch programming environment and online community, The Computer Clubhouse, and programmable bricks used to make robots, interactive sculpture and other inventions. Her dissertation, The Sharing of Wonderful Ideas: Influence and Interaction in Online Communities of Creators, addressed on how people in online communities create, influence one another, and share knowledge.
Sylvan comes to The Tech after five years as a Research Scientist at TERC, a nonprofit, research and development organization that develops STEM education programs and products. There she worked in Educational Gaming Environments (EdGE) group, which develops game-based STEM learning environments. Sylvan received her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and has been published in various journals, conferences, books, and reports.
Through her research, Sylvan has fostered the core values of The Tech, relentless creativity and an unwavering dedication to growth through teamwork and education. “I was drawn to The Tech by the empowering element of the museum and its emphasis on everyone innovating,” Sylvan said. She says that she “looks forward to putting her background in supporting creative communities into action through the many, wonderful programs at The Tech and the new Center for Learning with Technology that she will found here.”
Roqua Montez
Director of Public Relations
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.