I’m a PhD student with the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. I'm interested in the design of technologies and experiences to enable people, especially youth, to design and build their own creations that contribute to their lives and enrich their communities. My current project involves collaborating with community centers and outreach programs to design creative learning experiences for families in communities that have limited access to resources and social support around computing. I also study creative collaboration in online learning communities for kids, in particular the Scratch online community.

Connect with me @ricarose or ria (at) mit (dot) edu.

Family Creative Learning

Family Creative Learning is a series of family workshops that support intergenerational learning through the use of creative technologies like Scratch. The workshops are collaboratively designed with community centers that serve families with limited access to resources and social support computing.

Collab Camp

Collab Camp is an online collaboration event in the Scratch Online Community, where Scratch members form groups, or collabs, to create projects together. The design of Collab Camp is based on four intersecting goals: encourage collaboration, support making, connect to interests, and cultivate community.


Scratch is a programming language and an online community where young people can create and share their own interactive stories, games, and animations. As they create and share projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.