Manager, Teen Learning Lab
Wade Berger is the manager of the Teen Learning Lab, a newly opened drop-in space for teens at Shedd Aquarium. He oversees the growth of the lab and its mission to provide learner-centered, interest-driven opportunities to high school teens through the creation of informal experiences that encourage teens to create projects, collaborate with peers and interact with Shedd experts.
By promoting tinkering and experimentation, the Teen Learning Lab provided teens with 21st-century and scientific literacy skills as well as opportunities to publish their work. The lab will become a community of teen scientists and designers who support each other in the lab and collaborate with participants in the many other teen programs offered at Shedd Aquarium. Wade also directs the innovate use of a variety of technologies within the Teen Learning Lab, including GoPro cameras, Google Glass, Adobe Creative Suite, game design tools, and Minecraft. With his passion for innovative learning, he assists the lab staff in the creation of unique opportunities for teens to engage environmental and aquatic science projects through the use of these technologies.
Wade is currently a member of the Games+
Learning+Society — a group of educators and researchers who are constantly exploring the possibilities around video games built for learning. He previously served as a research assistant and outreach coordinator for the Games+Learning+
Society Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he organized teacher professional development around games-based learning and assisted with the design of a curriculum for game-based computational thinking. Wade received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies education from Indiana University-Bloomington.