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Lisa Brahms

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Director of Learning & Research
Lisa Brahms, Ph.D. is Director of Learning and Research at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, as well as a visiting researcher with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE).  Lisa earned her PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh, and holds a master’s degree in Museum Education and Childhood Education from Bank Street School of Education. Lisa has been an educator and designer of informal and formal learning experiences and environments for two decades, working in schools and at numerous children’s, art and history museums across the country. Since 2011, Lisa has lead the development and study of MAKESHOP, a makerspace designed for young children and family learning at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The MAKESHOP project has become a national model of informal learning research and practice. Lisa’s research considers the design and facilitation of learning experiences for meaningful participation in creative processes.