Dr. Amanda Sullivan
Dr. Amanda Sullivan is a researcher, educator, and author who focuses on the impact of new technologies on young children. Her research explores strategies for breaking gender stereotypes and engaging girls in STEM from an early age. She is currently the Senior Program Developer at the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), a nonprofit organization focused on gender equity in STEM. Amanda is a former Lecturer in the Department of Child Study & Human Development at Tufts University where she taught in the Early Childhood Technology graduate certificate program.
Amanda holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Child Development from Tufts University where she worked with the Developmental Technologies Research Group on the creation of the KIBO Robotics Kit for children ages 4-7 (now commercially available through KinderLab Robotics). She is the co-creator of the ScratchJr Coding Cards: Creative Coding Activities for Children Ages 5-7, published by No Starch Press, and author of the book Breaking the STEM Stereotype: Reaching Girls in Early Childhood, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her work has been featured in GeekWire, WIRED magazine, the New York Times, and more.
At the heart of it all, Amanda’s greatest joy is working with young children to spark creativity, inspire confidence, and just plain have fun! She has over a decade of experience teaching early childhood and elementary school robotics, coding, drama, film production, and more. She currently has her hands full as the mother of two energetic young children. You can follow Amanda on Twitter @AASully, on Instagram @keikisullivan, and on LinkedIn.