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 lead the Family Creative Learning project and I am a member of the MIT Scratch Team.

I design inclusive learning environments that enable young people to become computational creators — able to use computing to create things they care about, develop identities as creators, and imagine the ways they can shape the world. I draw on qualitative methods such as ethnographpic and design-based methods to study the role that social context plays in supporting children’s participation in computing, with particular focus on two settings: the Family Creative Learning program and 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.


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.

Selected Publications

Roque, R. (2016, Forthcoming). Family Creative Learning. In Peppler, K., Kafai, Y., & Halverson, E. (Eds.) Makeology in K-12, Higher, and Informal Education. New York, NY: Routeledge.

Roque, R, Rusk, N., Resnick, M. (2016, Forthcoming). Designing diverse creative collaboration. In Cress, U., Jeong, H., and Moskaliuk, J. (Eds.) Mass Collaboration and Education. Springer.

Roque, R. (2015) Connecting coding and creativity: Creativity in the context of skills, literacy, and learning. In Cortesi, S. and Gasser, U. (Eds.) Digitally Connected. (pp. 57-59) The Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper Collection.

Roque, R., Rusk, N., & Blanton, A. (2013) Youth roles and development of leadership in an online creative community. 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). Madison, WI.

Roque, R., Kafai, Y., and Fields, D. (2012) From tools to communities: Designs to support online creative collaboration in Scratch. Short paper to the 11th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC). Bremen, Germany.

Roque, R. (2012) Making together: Creative collaboration for everyone (Master's Thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Roque, R. (2007) OpenBlocks: An extendable framework for graphical block programming systems (Master's Thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.


MAS.S61 Unpacking Impact: Reflecting As We Make (Fall 2015) - Co-instructor

MAS.712 Learning Creative Learning (Spring 2013) - Teaching Assistant