Danielle Martin

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master in City Planning; Housing, Community, and Economic Development University of Rhode Island, B.A., Communication Studies

Danielle Martin (aka Miss D) is an experienced new Career Technical Ed Engineering and Makerspace teacher, now co-leading the Dream Lab Makerspace in East Palo Alto Academy High School in CA. As co-author of the book Start Making! A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities, she has over 25 years of experience in instructional design, youth, and workforce development; tech and media education, and community organizing. Her roots in informal education and activism were seeded as a coordinator at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Charlestown Computer Clubhouse, then serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Transmission Project at UMass Boston. Danielle later co-created MITÔÇÖs Center for Civic Media, Department of Play, mapping mobile technologies and youth activism methodologies globally. From 2011-2015, she managed knowledge for the global Clubhouse Network, where she tested early versions of Scratch. Her later work with Krause Center for Innovation @ Foothill College Makerspace, Maker Ed, Team4Tech, Fab Foundation SCOPES-df and Ravenswood Makerspace Collaborative focused on adapting informal STEM and maker facilitation techniques to formal K-12 classrooms. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from URI, a Master in City Planning from MIT, as well as completing the 2018 EnCorps STEM Teaching fellowship and the KCI UniDiversity Makerspace Coordinator Certificate in 2019. Danielle is originally from Boston/Somerville, Massachusetts but now resides in Redwood City.