Heather Benedict

About Me

I am a learner experience designer who consults with organizations to leverage technology as a creative platform for beneficial social change. I bring over 10 years of experience creating and delivering learning experiences for children and educators in both the formal and informal space to my work. I have a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and a M.Ed in Learning Technologies from the University of Minnesota. My current work revolves around STE[A]M+C through computational thinking, computer science education and the maker ed movement.

I am passionate about work that is purpose driven and gets to the core of what makes that spark happen in learning. I approach all of my work through a design thinking lens that starts with empathy of the learner.

Most recent and current clients/projects include:

  • Hero Elementary Outreach, Twin Cities PBS - Technology Integration and Digital Learning Professional Development Training, Assisting with Online Course Development and Design, Learning Activity Design (Funded by United States Department of Education’s Ready To Learn Grant)
  • SciGirls CODE Outreach, Twin Cities PBS - Curriculum Design and Development, Nine month out of school experience in coding for middle school girls in the areas of mobile app development, robotics and e-textiles (Funded by the NSF)
  • Teach CS@CSS, College of St. Scholastica - Curriculum Design and Development for CSS faculty and pre-service education students for the foundations in computational thinking and computer science education (Funded by Google)

In addition to consulting I am also adjunct faculty at St. Catherine University where I have designed and delivered online courses to practicing (working) K-8 teachers pursuing a graduate degree or certificate. She is also an advisor to MAED students completing action research in their classrooms.