Meredith Thompson draws upon her background in science education and outreach as a research scientist and lecturer for the Scheller Teacher Education Program. Her research interests are in collaborative learning, STEM educational games, and using virtual and simulated environments for learning STEM topics. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Cornell, a master’s in science and engineering education from Tufts, and a doctorate in science education from Boston University.
Her projects have focused on collaborative learning, innovative learning designs leveraging technology, and teacher education. She has worked on curriculum development for Engineering is Elementary curriculum at the Museum of Science, the multi-user virtual environments EcoMUVE and the augmented reality EcoMOBILE project at Project Zero at Harvard University, and is currently the researcher for the Collaborative Learning Environments in Virtual Reality (CLEVR) Project at MIT. She also leads INSPIRE, a group of education professors who are using games and simulations in teacher preparation. Thompson uses those games and simulations when she teaches the STEP course: “Understanding and Evaluating Education.” She has also taught courses at Boston University and Tufts University.
Meredith has two children, Carter and Zak. In her spare time, Meredith writes and sings music with her twin sister Chris (www.cmthompson.com), writes poetry, and enjoys hiking in the woods.