FAQ for Graduate Student Applicants
How do I apply to the group?
What’s the best way to learn more about the Lifelong Kindergarten group?
To learn more about the culture, spirit, and workings of the group, read the LLK Expectations Document.
What types of students is the Lifelong Kindergarten group looking for?
We look for applicants who are creative, curious, caring, and kind, with experience in developing new technologies; interest in studying how people learn; desire and ability to collaborate with a diverse community of people; commitment to improving the lives of children; dedication to a more just and equitable society. 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.
Please be aware that the Lifelong Kindergarten group can only accept one or two graduate students each year (out of more than 200 applications).
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 an explicit 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 communities to engage all young people, from all backgrounds, in creative learning experiences. As part of these efforts, we will continue to extend, support, and study our Scratch programming language and online community, and we will continue to engage with educators through our Learning Creative Learning online course and community.
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), while others have started their own companies.
Are there other similar graduate programs that you would recommend?
You may be interested in graduate programs with research groups led by Lifelong Kindergarten alumni, including:
- Creative Communities Group (led by Ricarose Roque), Information Science department, University of Colorado Boulder
- Creative Computing Lab (led by Karen Brennan), Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Expressive Computation Lab (led by Jennifer Jacobs), Media Arts and Technology, University of California Santa Barbara
- miLAB (led by Oren Zuckerman), IDC Herzliya, Israel