Michael Smith-Welch
Since 2004
Works in Takoma Park, Massachusetts United States of America

I am a former New York City science teacher with a fine arts degree in sculpture. In 2002 I became a Lego fellow at the MIT Media Lab where I worked with the Lifelong Kindergarten group developing new technologies and unique learning experiences for people of all ages. This included systems for novice computer programmers and activities in physical computing that help budding designers and engineers use new media for personal expression.

Following my graduate fellowship at the Media Lab, I worked in a variety of formal and informal settings, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Computer Clubhouse Network, the MathScience Innovation Center in Richmond, Virginia, the Discovery Charter School of Newark, New Jersey, Vision Education in New York City, the Federation of Youth Groups in Hong Kong, China and the Hugmyndasmidjan collective in Reykjavik, Iceland.

More recently I was an educator-in-residence at the Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception in San Francisco where I helped the “Tinkering Studio” develop a celebration of materiality. Currently I am working with a university in Istanbul, Turkey on the establishment of a center for creative thinking and I am an artist-in-residence at the American Visionary Art Museum. When not collaborating with people around the world I can be found developing projects in my Takoma Park, Maryland studio with my two young daughters.