Susanna Tesconi is a lecturer, educational designer and researcher, her work is inspired by the interaction between people and technology. After getting a degree in Philosophy of Language, she became a primary school teacher. During her teaching practice, she started observing the interaction between kids and technological devices and decided to improve her technological expertise, being her goal to engage groups of children in developing their own technologies. She got a postgraduate degree in interaction design and she discovered the universe of open hardware, creative coding and digital fabrication.
Since 2010 she designed and implemented several educational programs and learning environments that use, among other things, design, DIY DIWO mindset and digital fabrication in order to improve the motivation of students and promote a methodological change in teachers. Those programs took place in several formal and informal educational institutions such as LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (Gijón), Universitat Autònoma Barcelona /UAB, TUMO Center for Creative Technology (Armenia), Tabakalera-Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea (Donostia), Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, BAU/Centro Universitario de Diseño (Barcelona) y Fundación
As researcher she focuses on the transformative power of design practices and prototyping in teacher education, a topic she worked deeply during her PHD at Department of Applied Pedagogy of UAB, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona.
Since 2014 she’s also Senior Fellow at the FabLearn Fellowship Program at Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, a cohort of researchers and educators working on the design of learning environment for Makerspaces and Fablabs and the creation of shareable, open source educational materials.
Since 2017 she’s a lecturer and researcher at UOC, Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications Faculty, where teaches user experience design, digital fabrication and creative coding in several undergraduate and graduate programs.