Jamie Gorson

Ph.D. Student in Computer Science and Learning Sciences

Current Project

Novice Programmers Talk About Intelligence

We are exploring how students talk about intelligence in order to understand how their mindset and self-efficacy appraisals influences their programming behaviors.

Previous Graduate Research Projects

Designing a PBL Design Environment

We conducted an iterative design-based research study to find out how we can design a scalable and desirable learning environment for highly ill-structured problems that teaches problem analysis and planning so that teams innovate more effectively through rapid iteratioin. We conducted this study in a 6-week full-time extracurricular design program with 22 undergraduate students in a US university.


I worked on the initial prototypes of TunePad, which introduces learners to computational thinking while leveraging their creativity in composing music. We hope to balance playful, informal learning while also preparing learners for formal computing environments.

More Past Projects

Brightbox: A Hands-On Learning Technology for Rural India

My team and I developed, built and deployed the Brightbox and the associated curriculum to aid in teaching kids optics. The Brightbox is used in schools in rural India and Ghana to encourage exploratory learning and a curiosity for science. I project-managed a team of engineering and business students and professors and worked with two partners, Agastya International Foundation and African Women Advocacy Project to work towards our goal.

Capture It: A Mobile Design App for Kids

For my capstone engineering project, my team and I developed and built Capture It , an application in DS Solidwork's new educational app ecosystem called Apps for Kids. Capture It is a brainstorming application aimed at kids aged eight to fourteen, meant to inspire creativity and curiosity in the design process.

Engineering Design Independent Researcher and Consultant

I worked with faculty at KU Leuven and Thomas More, higher education institutes in Belgium, to reimagine their Comunity Service Engineering programs and incorporate design thinking and project-based learning into their engineering programs, both at the bachelor and post-graduate levels.

Project Archive

Computational Robotics; Bringing Design Thinking to Belgium; Discrete Math Evaluation of the Enigma Machine; S2 - User Centered Design; A Data Science Project; Robotic Player Guitar; Teaching the Principles of Motors; FPGA Piano; 3D Competitive Snake Game; Design Nature Transporter;