Melissa Gresalfi

Melissa Gresalfi is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Learning Sciences at Vanderbilt University.

  • Soft Circuits

    Soft Circuits

    Crafting e-Fashion with DIY Electronics

    Kylie Peppler, Melissa Gresalfi, Katie Salen Tekinbaş, and Rafi Santo

    Introducing students to the world of wearable technology.

    Soft Circuits introduces students to the world of wearable technology. Using Modkit, an accessible DIY electronics toolkit, students learn to create e-textile cuffs, “electrici-tee” shirts, and solar-powered backpacks. Students also learn the importance of one component to the whole—how, for example, changing the structure of LED connections immediately affects the number of LEDs that light up.

    • Hardcover $38.00 £30.00
  • Gaming the System

    Gaming the System

    Designing with Gamestar Mechanic

    Katie Salen Tekinbaş, Melissa Gresalfi, Kylie Peppler, and Rafi Santo

    Understanding games as systems, with complex interactions of game elements and rules.

    Gaming the System demonstrates the nature of games as systems, how game designers need to think in terms of complex interactions of game elements and rules, and how to identify systems concepts in the design process. The activities use Gamestar Mechanic, an online game design environment with a systems thinking focus.

    • Hardcover $32.00 £25.00
  • Script Changers

    Script Changers

    Digital Storytelling with Scratch

    Kylie Peppler, Rafi Santo, Melissa Gresalfi, and Katie Salen Tekinbaş

    Helping students create interactive and animated stories about positive change in their communities.

    Script Changers shows the ways that stories offer a lens for seeing the world as a series of systems. It provides opportunities for students to create interactive and animated stories about creating positive change in their communities. These projects utilize the Scratch visual programming environment.

    • Hardcover $32.00 £25.00
  • Short Circuits

    Short Circuits

    Crafting e-Puppets with DIY Electronics

    Kylie Peppler, Katie Salen Tekinbaş, Melissa Gresalfi, and Rafi Santo

    Tools and methods for creating electronic puppets.

    Short Circuits offers students opportunities to undertake physical computing projects, providing tools and methods for creating electronic puppets. Students learn how to incorporate microprocessors into everyday materials and use them to enhance their language and writing skills with shadow puppet shows featuring their own DIY flashlights.

    • Hardcover $32.00 £25.00