Yasmin Kafai
Professor of Learning Sciences


  • Game-based learning
  • Science
  • Technology and learning

Yasmin Kafai is professor of learning sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher and co-developer of online tools and communities –,, and – to promote computational participation, crafting and creativity across K-16. Her recent book publications include “Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming,” and “Connected Play: Tweens in a Virtual World,” and multiple edited volumes. She co-authored the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan for the U.S. Department of Education and wrote the 2006 synthesis report Under the Microscope: A Decade of Gender Equity Projects in the Sciences for the American Association of University Women. In 2007 she received the $25,000 Rosenfield Community Prize with Youth Opportunities Unlimited and was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for her mentoring partnership initiatives. Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working with Seymour Papert at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology Media Lab. She is an elected fellow of the American Educational Research Association and past president of the International Society for the Learning Sciences.