Liesl Baum

Dr. Liesl Baum has been working with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) as a Research Assistant Professor since 2007 and is a Senior Fellow as a learning scientist. She is a recipient of the 2014 Moss Faculty Development Grant Award, which was used to enhance the annual Instrument Maker Camp in July, 2014, the third year of ICAT’s summer program for kids. This previous year, in July, 2015, Liesl developed a second week of the maker camp targeted at PK-12 teachers to serve as a professional development opportunity. She serves on the development team for an initiative developing Fab Labs for early childhood, together with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, FableVision Studios, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum.  Liesl is a former middle school teacher and spent seven years teaching in Virginia public schools. Her research interests and goals are to develop in teachers and students, of all levels, a frame of mind that allows for creative thinking and innovative contributions. She works with both university faculty and public school teachers to combine the arts, technology, and critical and creative thinking processes to teach content standards. Her research and work interests remain in public education and preparing teachers to design and develop teaching and learning opportunities that encourage students to take risks, inquire across multiple disciplines, and participate in real-world challenges. Liesl received her doctorate in instructional design and technology from the School of Education at Virginia Tech in 2008. She also received her B.S. in Middle Education and M.S. in Educational Technology, both from Radford University.