Colin Dixon

Research Associate

Colin DixonColin Dixon

Colin is a Research Associate on the InSPECT, Paper Mechatronics, and Learning Everywhere projects. He joins the Concord Consortium from the Beta Lab and the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the University of California, Davis. He has researched the development of STEM practices and agency among young people creating things to use and share with the world. He has written about equity and identity in making and engineering, the role of community in science learning, and how youth leverage their interests and experiences within STEM education.

Colin works to build and research tools and learning environments that foster learning wherever it happens—in and out of schools—and that merge new technologies into more traditional tools and communities of practice, from arts to advocacy, bike mechanics to scientific research. He has worked in schools and community-based settings, doing both research and teaching. He is interested in how youth develop expertise across settings and in ways that are meaningful to them, their families, and their communities.

Colin holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and is completing his Ph.D. in Learning and Mind Sciences from the UC Davis School of Education.

Emeryville, CA

Q&A with Colin

Do you have an unusual hobby or interest?
Farming and milling olives
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Favorite thing about working at the Concord Consortium?
Thinking about ways of learning, interacting, and making that don’t exist yet