Mitchel Resnick
Resnick in 2011
Born (1956-06-12) June 12, 1956 (age 67)
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS, PhD)
Known forStarLogo
AwardsHarold W. McGraw Prize in Education
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
Learning sciences
Constructionist learning
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorsSeymour Papert
Hal Abelson
Doctoral studentsAmy Bruckman
Randal Pinkett
Jay Silver

Mitchel Resnick (born June 12, 1956) is an American computer scientist. He is the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.[1] As of 2019, Resnick serves as head of the Media Arts and Sciences academic program, which grants master's degrees and Ph.D.s at the MIT Media Lab.

Resnick's research group has developed a variety of educational tools that engage people in new types of design activities and learning experiences, including the Programmable Bricks that were the basis for the award-winning Lego Mindstorms and StarLogo software. He cofounded the Computer Clubhouse, an award-winning network of learning centers for youth from under-served communities. Resnick is also a cofounder and a co-principal investigator of the Center for Civic Media at MIT.[2] Resnick's group has developed a new computer programming language, named Scratch, that makes it easier for children to create animated stories, video games, and interactive art. Resnick is also involved in the next generation of Programmable Bricks, and the One Laptop per Child project which designed the OLPC XO ($100 laptop).


Resnick, a graduate of Haverford High School, earned a B.A. in physics at Princeton University (1978), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992).[3]


He worked for five years as a science–technology journalist for Business Week magazine, and he has consulted widely on the uses of computers in education. Resnick was awarded a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1993.[4] He has collaborated extensively with researchers such as Natalie Rusk, Brian Silverman, and Yasmin Kafai.[5]


Resnick is a winner of the 2011 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.[6] He has been listed as one of the 100 most creative people in Business 2011 by Fast Company.[7]

Published books

See also


  1. ^ "Mitchel Resnick: Lifelong Kindergarten". MIT Media Lab. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
  2. ^ "MIT Center for Civic Media". MIT Center for Civic Media.
  3. ^ "Person Overview ‹ Mitchel Resnick". MIT Media Lab. Retrieved 2023-10-10.
  4. ^ "NSF Young Investigator Award". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
  5. ^ "Mitchel Resnick Publications". MIT Media Lab. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  6. ^ "Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, Winners". McGraw-Hill Education. Archived from the original on 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
  7. ^ "The 100 most creative people in business, 2011". Fast Company. Mansueto Ventures. Archived from the original on 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2019-08-03.