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Natalie Rusk

Natalie Rusk is a research scientist in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.[1] She co-founded Computer Clubhouse,[2] a network of after-school programs serving children and young adults, in 1993. Rusk is also a co-creator of Scratch,[3] a free programming language and online community designed for children to make and share animations, games, interactive stories, and other media. She has done extensive work with Mitchel Resnick in the area of children's technology education.[4]

Natalie Rusk
Natalie Rusk (15602346218).jpg
Born February 2, 1965 (1965-02-02) (age 53)
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Alma mater Tufts University,
Harvard Graduate School of Education,
Brown University
Known for Scratch,
Computer Clubhouse
Scientific career
Fields Learning sciences,
Constructionist learning
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  1. ^ May 31, 2014, Nitasha Tiku How to Get Girls Into Coding, New York Times
  2. ^ 1998, Resnick, M., Rusk, N., Cooke, S. "The Computer Clubhouse: Technological Fluency in the Inner City", published in: High Technology and Low-Income Communities edited by D. Schon, B. Sanyal, and W. Mitchell, MIT Press. Online version [1], retrieved on June 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Resnick, Mitchel; Maloney, John; Hernández, Andrés; Rusk, Natalie; Eastmond, Evelyn; Brennan, Karen; Millner, Amon; Rosenbaum, Eric; Silver, Jay; Silverman, Brian; Kafai, Yasmin (November 2009). "Scratch: Programming for All". Communications of the ACM. 52 (11): 60–67. doi:10.1145/1592761.1592779. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Mitchel Resnick Publications". Retrieved 2015-10-28.

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