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Sherry Hsi

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Principal Scientist and Staff Advocate

Dr. Sherry Hsi is a principal scientist at BSCS Science Learning. Hsi leads R&D projects that involve creative design and study of K-12 learners with an emphasis on equity, technology, and hands-on making in science and engineering. She has developed award winning mobile apps, hands-on exhibits, craft-based STEM kits, and technology-enhanced curricula in close design partnership with K-12 teachers, science centers, afterschool programs, and museums. Her design-based research explores how learning environments, facilitation, and materials can be purposefully designed to support science engagement, interest, and deeper learning for a diversity of learners across settings.

Hsi serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Science Education, and reviews for the Journal of the Learning Sciences. Sherry received her PhD in Science Education (SESAME) from the University of California at Berkeley, her MS in Mechanical Engineering, and BS in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley.

She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys papercrafting, chamber music and baking in her free time.

Selected Publications

Oh, H., Hsi, S., Posner, N., Dixon, C., Smith, T. & Cheng, T (2023) Making computing visible & tangible: A paper-based computing toolkit for codesigning inclusive computing education activities. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 38, 100602.

Dixon, C. G., Hsi, S., & Van Doren, S. (2023). Keeping Voices in the Room: Values Clarification in Codesign for Equitable Science and Technology Education. Curator: The Museum Journal, 66(1), 9-28.

Bondaryk, L., Hsi, S., & Van Doren, S. (2021). Probeware for the Modern Era: IoT Dataflow System Design for Secondary Classrooms. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 14(2): 226 – 237.

Hardy, L., Dixon, C. D., & Hsi, S. (2020). From data collectors to data producers: Examining shifts in students’ relationship to data, Journal of the Learning Sciences. 29(1):104-126.

Luce, M., & Hsi, S. (2015). Science-relevant curiosity expressions and interest in science: An exploratory study. Science Education, 99(1): 70-97.

Porcello, D., & Hsi, S. (2013). Crowdsourcing and curating online education resources. Science, 341(6143): 240-241.

Hsi, S. (2008) Designing for mobile digital engagement. In Digital Technologies and the Museum Experience, Edited by Loïc Tallon and Kevin Walker, pp. 125-146. AltaMira Press, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Hsi, S. (2007) Conceptualizing learning from the everyday activities of digital kids. International Journal of Science Education, 29(12): 1509-1529, Special Issue: Research on Learning Science in Informal Contexts.

Hsi, S. (2003). The Electronic Guidebook: A study of user experiences mediated by nomadic web content in a museum setting. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning, 19(3): 308-319.

Linn, M. C., & Hsi, S. (2000). Computers, teachers, peers: Science learning partners. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates.