about us

Skepticism, comfort with uncertainty, facility with debugging our own mental models: these are the tools of the citizen, scientist, and learner. We believe this means the futures of scientific inquiry and learning are deeply intertwined, and we think technology offers unprecedented opportunity to re-imagine & renew people’s relationship to science.

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Our Team

Compelled by computation’s potential to transform learning, Alec cares about the tools we use to think & explore. Before sprout, he studied math & physics at MIT and co-founded nublabs, an electromechanical design firm where he built learning tools & toys.
Shaunalynn cares about what makes for a healthy learning communities. The deep, social learning experiences she encountered making music have inspired her to approach science in the same spirit. Before sprout, she studied environmental engineering & creative writing at MIT.
Nagle’s passion is building environments for sustainable inquiry—for both kids & adults. Before sprout he studied theoretical math at MIT and then co-founded Camp Kaleidoscope (now Parts & Crafts) and the Kaleidoscope Homeschooling Center.

Our Board

Bakhtiar Mikhak

Bakhtiar is a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab where he founded the Grassroots Invention Group, served as technical director for the PIE Network, and led outreach in the Fab Lab program. He was also a founding Board Member of the Community Charter School of Cambridge and now works at MediaModifications developing software to expose and enhance the structure of media.

John Bell

John co-founded the Great Small Works theater company: a New York City collective of artists working to keep theater at the heart of social life. He is also a founder and coordinator of the HONK! Festival. John is currently a fellow at MIT’s Program in Art, Culture, and Technology and director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut.

Beth O’Sullivan

Beth co-founded the Science Club for Girls: a program that brings hands-on science clubs to 600 girls in the Boston area, working to close the socioeconomic and gender gaps in science. She also founded and directs the Mathemagics Workshop, which has created a series of games & activities designed to bring playful mathematics back into childrens’ experience of math.