Playful Invention Company (PICO) Team

Mitchel Resnick: Mitch is LEGO Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of PICO. Mitch has been involved in the development of a variety of educational technology projects, including StarLogo, Crickets, Scratch, and the Computer Clubhouse.
Brian Silverman: Brian is Co-Founder and President at PICO. After graduating from MIT, he worked for many years as Director of Research at LCSI, the world's leading developer of Logo software. He serves as a part-time consulting scientist to the MIT Media Lab, where he has helped develop many new educational technologies, including the Cricket.
Paula Bonta: Paula is Co-Founder and Lead Designer at PICO. She holds a degree in computer science from her native Argentina and a graduate degree from the Education and Technology program at Harvard. She was Design Director for several award-winning software products for children, including MicroWorlds and the "My Make Believe" series of products from LCSI.

PICO Advisors
Robbie Berg: Robbie, a Physics Professor at Wellesley College, develops new computational tools and activities for science and engineering education. He co-founded the Robotic Design Studio where Wellesley students use programmable devices to design, build, and exhibit their robotic creations.
Natalie Rusk: Natalie, a Researcher at the MIT Media Lab, specializes in applications of digital technology in museums and after-school centers. She has developed and directed new learning technology projects at The Computer Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota, and The Exploratorium. She co-founded the Computer Clubhouse and the PIE Network.

Credits and Acknowledgments
PicoCricket industrial design by Smart Design
PICO web and graphic design by Big Blue Dot (with photography by Mauricio Tejerina)
We would like to thank the LEGO Company for its continuing support of our efforts, particularly Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Lisbeth Valther Pallesen, Jens Maibom, and Erik Hansen.
PICO staff members Chad Burt, Catherine Cournoyer, Jack Geddes, Mike Gillis, Danielle Hamel, Danny Lutz, Laurelle Miciak, and Matthew Thomson for their invaluable ideas and enthusiasm.
We would like to thank MIT researchers and students who contributed to PicoCricket R&D, particularly Andy Begel, Robbie Berg, Rahul Bhargava, Rick Borovoy, Fred Martin, Bakhtiar Mikhak, Mitchel Resnick, and Brian Silverman.
We would like to thank PIE staff who developed new PicoCricket activities, particularly Keith Braafladt, Stephanie Hunt, Chip Lindsey, Hideki Mori, Kristen Murray, Mike Petrich, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Natalie Rusk, Michael Smith-Welch, Karen Wilkinson, and Diane Willow.
We would like to thank all the people that made the PicoCricket a better product: Diana Gee-Silverman for the on-line help, Danny Lutz for the sounds, and Lawrence Shubert for guiding PICO through the intricate aspects of compliance testing and manufacturability.


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