Ask a Maker Educator – Christa Flores

 

Christa Flores is the author of Making Science, “a book about constructionism, science literacy and making the world a better place.” In 2012, Flores co-founded the Hillbrook School iLab for Making, a classroom designed for material and digital making in Los Gatos, California. She teaches Problem-based Science with an emphasis on material science, design thinking, working in collaborative teams, sharing work and entrepreneurial electives.

Before joining the Maker Movement in Education, she taught lab-based science for 10 years in New York City. Christa graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Biological Anthropology, has done graduate work in primatology research through the New York Consortium of Evolutionary Primatology and obtained a masters in Secondary Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also a Stanford FabLearn Fellow studying making in education through an NSF grant with a focus on how to assess student learning in a maker classroom. She is passionate about making, researching, and designing meaningful making experiences for children in PreK-8 learning environments.