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Work in the PIE Network is guided by the Constructionist approach to education pioneered by Seymour Papert of the MIT Media Lab.

Constructionism is both a theory of learning and a strategy for education. It builds on the "constructivist" theories of Jean Piaget, asserting that knowledge is not simply transmitted from teacher to student, but actively constructed by the mind of the learner. Children don't get ideas; they make ideas. Moreover, constructionism suggests that learners are particularly likely to make new ideas when they are actively engaged in making some type of external artifact—be it a robot, a poem, a sand castle, or a computer program—which they can reflect upon and share with others. Thus, constructionism involves two intertwined types of construction: the construction of knowledge in the context of building personally meaningful artifacts.

from Yasmin B. Kafai and Mitchel Resnick, Introduction,
Constructionism in Practice, 1996

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number 0087813. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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