Leshell Hatley

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First name: 
Leshell
Last name: 
Hatley
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Leshell Hatley is the founder and Executive Director of Uplift, Inc. and its Research & Development Center for Learning and Educational Media (CLEM). She is a certified K-8 teacher and a PhD student. Leshell is also a 2009-2010 Anita Borg Google Scholar. Her research interests include: technology that supports learning (animation, mobile apps, intelligent tutors, and virtual instructors), culturally relevant pedagogy, computer science education, information access, and human- computer interaction. http://www.leshellhatley.com

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Leshell Hatley is the founder and Executive Director of Uplift, Inc. and its Research & Development Center for Learning and Educational Media (CLEM). She is a certified K-8 teacher and a PhD student. Leshell is also a 2009-2010 Anita Borg Google Scholar. Her research interests include: technology that supports learning (animation, mobile apps, intelligent tutors, and virtual instructors), culturally relevant pedagogy, computer science education, information access, and human- computer interaction. A project she created that embraces these topics revolve around two characters she created called Myles & Ayesha. Through this project, Leshell has positioned Myles & Ayesha as learning companions and is working to create a series of themed-based learning activities, animations and books to teach science, technology, engineering, math, reading, and history concepts.

In addition to research, Leshell teaches out-of-school programs in Washington, DC in the subjects of Science,Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), Reading, and Black History by way of Lego Mindstorm Robotics, computer programming, and game design - all powered by Uplift, Inc. One of the organization's robotics teams recently won 1st place in robot design and 1st place in robot performance at the local VA/DC First Lego League Competition. Uplift, Inc. is also a MacArthur Foundation 2010 Digital Media & Learning Competition Winner. This award has powered Youth APPLab, an afterschool program designed to teach African-American and Latino students how to create Android Apps.

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Youth APPLab

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Youth APPLab

In the Youth APPLab, middle and high school students in the District of Columbia design software and mobile apps in an after-school program that supplements their formal learning in computer science...
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