Eben Witherspoon

I'm a first-year doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Policy (LSAP) program at the University of Pittsburgh.  My research interests include student engagement and teacher instructional strategies in informal and formal learning environments.  

I am particularly interested in competitive robotics programs, and how the transfer of policies, instructional materials and teaching practices across informal and formal robotics learning environments impact student motivation and promote a deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics and computer science.  

Prior to joining LSAP, I taught mathematics, coached soccer, and mentored a FIRST Robotics team at a high school in Detroit.