Mizuko (Mimi) Ito “Engineering Play: Designing at the Crossroads of Education and Entertainment”

April 11, 2022 5:00 PM–6:30 PM

Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
College of Fine Arts, Rm 111
Carnegie Mellon University
4919 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Isla Hansen

RSVP to join us Monday, April 11 from 5-6pm in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (CFA Rm-111) for a “Engineering Play: Designing at the Crossroads of Education and Entertainment” lecture from cultural anthropologist and learning scientist, Mimi Ito.

This event was organized by Assistant Professor of Art, Islan Hansen and made possible by the 2021-2022 Sylvia & David Steiner Lecture Series as well as support from the Center for the Arts in Society.


Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist, learning scientist, entrepreneur, and an advocate for connected learning—learning that is equity-oriented, centered on youth interest, and socially connected. Her work decodes digital youth culture for parents and educators, offering ways to tap interests and digital media to fuel learning that is engaging, relevant, and socially connected. She is the director of the Connected Learning Lab and Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine. She is also co-founder of Connected Camps, a non-profit providing online learning experiences for kids in all walks of life. Her most recent publications include, Affinity Online: How Connection and Shared Interest Fuel Learning, From Good Intentions to Real Outcomes: Equity by Design in Learning Technologies, The Connected Learning Research Network: Reflections on a Decade of Engaged Scholarship, and Social Media and Youth Wellbeing.