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Sylvia Martinez

Constructing Modern Knowledge
Author and Independent Education Consultant
Los Angeles, California
Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “Bible of the Maker Movement in schools.” Sylvia is a principal advisor to the Stanford FabLearn Fellows, and served on the NAEP Advisory Board for the upcoming Technology & Engineering Literacy Test. She is president of Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, which publishes books for children and educators on authentic learning with modern technology. Sylvia is a keynote and featured speaker at national and international education and technology conferences in areas ranging from the Maker Movement in education, student leadership, digital citizenship, games in education, project-based and inquiry-based learning with technology, gender issues in education, and new advances in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) education. For the past ten years, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, a global non-profit evangelizing student involvement in education reform through technology. Prior to this, Sylvia was an executive at several software and video game publishers, overseeing product development, design, and programming, spearheading hundreds of software releases, video games, and educational websites. As a Senior Scientist and electrical engineer for Magnavox Research Labs, Sylvia designed high frequency receiver systems and navigation software for the launch of the GPS satellite navigation system. She holds a Master's in Educational Technology fromPepperdine University, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.