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Learning in Activity Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy


525 West 120th StreetNew York, NY 10027 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Learning in Activity Lab designs and studies novel instructional activities and technologies for K-8 STEM learning. The lab is led by Catherine Chase, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Catherine Chase is an assistant professor of Cognitive Science in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She studies how K-16 students learn STEM content while engaging in production activities like inventing representations of scientific phenomena or designing an engineering product. Specifically, she explores how various forms of instructional support enhance or hinder motivation, learning, and transfer from production activities. Chase has also designed and developed several STEM learning technologies such as digital games and intelligent tutoring systems.


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