The PIE Network: Promoting Science Inquiry and Engineering through Playful Invention and Exploration with New Digital Technologies

March 10th, 2001 - February 28th, 2005 | PROJECT

The MIT Media Laboratory, in collaboration with six museums, will develop the "Playful Invention and Exploration (PIE) Network," with the goal of engaging a broader audience in science inquiry and engineering by enabling more people to create, invent and explore with new digital technologies. PIE museums will integrate the latest MIT technologies and educational research into their ongoing public programs. The museums will organize MindFest events, modeled after a two-day event at MIT in 1999, at which youth, educators, artists, engineers, hobbyists and researchers came together to collaborate on invention projects. The PIE Network will disseminate PIE ideas and activities to educators and families nationally.

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Team Members

Mitchel Resnick, Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Natalie Rusk, Co-Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bakhtiar Mikhak, Co-Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mike Petrich, Co-Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
Karen Wilkinson, Co-Principal Investigator, Exploratorium


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0087813
Funding Amount: 2078635


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Families | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Engineering | General STEM | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Making and Tinkering Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks