About Diane Brancazio
My name is Diane Brancazio and I am grateful to work with Jonathan Dietz on many of these projects. We are both engineers, teachers, and makers, and have taught for many years in public schools in Massachusetts. In my formal education and career I have explored several technical fields: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Product Design.
After 10 years in industry I became a public school teacher with positions in both middle and high school. I now work at the MIT Edgerton Center where we live and breathe experiential learning for decades, and now embrace the Maker movement and the renewed interst in hands-on projects, collaborative design, and a community of creators. I co-teach a freshman seminar, run 1 of our makerspaces, and am supporting K12 educators in bringing making activities into their classes. I consider myself lucky to have chosen to major in engineering as a college freshman as I had no previous exposure to the field. I was good in math, liked science, and wanted to build things. Many kids today want to be creative in this way but too often their only opportunity is to design on paper or computer.