Engaging people in creative learning experiences

FAQ for Graduate Student Applicants

How do I apply to the group?

Students are admitted through the Media Arts and Sciences academic program. Application information is available online.

What’s the best way to learn more about the Lifelong Kindergarten group?

Read through the project descriptions and research papers on the Lifelong Kindergarten website. If you can, come to the Media Lab open house for prospective students on October 2.

What types of students is the Lifelong Kindergarten group looking for?

We look for applicants with playful, creative, curious minds; experience in developing new technologies; interest in studying how people learn; commitment to improving the lives of children; desire and ability to collaborate with a diverse community of people. Our research projects draw on ideas from many different disciplines, including computer science, design, psychology, and education. We look for graduate students with expertise in at least one of these areas, and interest to learn more about all of them.

I am interested in creative uses of technology in education, but I do not have much experience in computer programming or technology development. Do I have a chance of being admitted as a graduate student?

It is an advantage, but not a requirement, to have experience in technology development. It is important to have enough technical background so you can participate actively in discussions about technology development and contribute knowledgeably to research projects in which young people are learning to program.

What information is most important to include in the application?

When we look at applications, we want to find out what types of projects you have worked on and what types of ideas you are interested in.

Do you require a portfolio? What should it include?

Lifelong Kindergarten does not require a portfolio submission, but we are always interested to see examples of projects that you have worked on. The best way to share examples of your work is to include relevant URLs in your application.

What projects and themes will the Lifelong Kindergarten group be working on over the next few years?

We will continue to develop new technologies, activities, and contexts that enable young people to develop as creative thinkers. As part of these efforts, we will continue to extend and study our Scratch programming language and online community, and explore new Maker activities (particularly in connection to Scratch).

What careers do Lifelong Kindergarten graduates usually pursue?

Lifelong Kindergarten alums have gone on to many different careers. Some have become professors at universities (in computer science, communications, or education departments), some have worked at large companies (including Google and Microsoft), others have started their own companies.