Featured Faculty: David Weintrop – Assistant Professor

David Weintrop is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning, Policy & Leadership in the College of Education with a joint appointment in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective, engaging, and equitable computational learning experiences. His work lies at the intersection of design, computer science education, and the learning sciences. David has a Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH?

Broadly, my research seeks to understand how best to support learners in developing meaningful understandings of computational ideas and positive attitudes towards computing. My research focuses on two main areas: the design and evaluation of computational learning environments and the integration of computational thinking into existing subjects as a way to broaden participation in computing. My work largely takes place in K-12 classrooms and is carried out through close collaboration with partnering districts and teachers.

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU ENJOY ABOUT DOING RESEARCH WITH STUDENTS OR SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR WHEN PICKING NEW STUDENTS TO WORK ON YOUR PROJECTS?

My favorite part of working with students is seeing their ideas come to life and watching them and their projects grow over time. When picking students to work on my projects, I try and find people who are passionate about the work and bring new perspectives to the project.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LOVE ABOUT THE HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION LAB?

I love how interdisciplinary, collaborative and exciting the HCIL is. There is just so much cool work happening!