Debra Bernstein

Senior Researcher

Dr. Debra Bernstein is a Senior Researcher at TERC. Her research examines curriculum design, implementation, and learning opportunities arising from the integration of technology design activities into K-12 and informal learning settings.

One current line of her research examines how integrating robotics design into existing STEM coursework can deepen students’ disciplinary learning and engagement, and support the development of computational thinking practices, while exposing a broader population of students to technology and computing. A second line of work examines the opportunities and barriers for visually impaired students to engage with computer science and robotics content. A third, evolving line of research examines robotics in early childhood settings, and seeks to understand what goals/need robotics kits are currently being used to serve in school and community organizations.

Outside of TERC, Debra enjoys hiking, baking, and co-leading a local Girl Scout troop.


Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh


STEM Learning
Computer Science
Robotics integration into disciplinary learning


Designing Biomimetic Robots
Creative Robotics
Inclusive-Exploring Computer Science (I-ECS)
Understanding Curriculum Materials Design
Computer Science for All (CS4ALL)

Curriculum Vitae