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This project is supported by the work of an esteemed leadership team and international advisory board:


Colleen Megowan Romanowicz, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Sacramento, CA, USA

Dr. Colleen Megowan Romanowicz is a physics education researcher and Senior Fellow and prior Executive Officer of the American Modeling Teachers Association. She serves as educational researcher on a number of project associated with computational and mathematical thinking.


Chrystian Vieyra

Co-Principal Investigator

Washington, DC, USA

Chrystian Vieyra is a software engineer, co-founder, and developer of Vieyra Software


Mina Johnson, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Tempe, AZ, USA

Dr. Mina Johnson is a cognitive psychologist and CEO of Embodied Games, a company that produces research- and gesture-based digital learning through play. Formerly, she started two other small businesses, including SMALLLab and NeuronFarm.


Rebecca Vieyra

Co-Principal Investigator

Washington, DC, USA

Rebecca Vieyra is co-founder of Vieyra Software, and was previously an award-winning high school physics teacher who was named an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow (2014-2015), a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (2013), and a National Board Certified Teacher (2010). She is currently a doctoral student in Science Education at the University of Maryland, and manages a STEM teacher education network for a major hemispheric diplomatic organization.


Ramón López, Ph.D.

Senior Personnel

Arlington, TX, USA

Dr. Ramón López is a space weather scientist, physics education researcher, co-author of the Next Generation Science Standards, and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.


Nicole Murawski

Project Coordinator

White Lake, MI, USA

Nicole is an experienced high school Modeling Instruction teacher who works with educators to better understand how they use sensor-based apps like Magna-AR with their students.


Benjamin Xu

Software Developer

Austin, TX, USA

Benjamin is a rising senior in at the University of Texas - Austin working toward a B.S. in Computer Science. Benjamin grew up in New York City and is a graduate of the prestigious Hunter College High School for intellectually gifted students.


Tyler Angert

Software Developer

San Francisco, CA, USA

Tyler is a creative technologist and recent graduate from Harvard with a M.S. in Computer Science, where he focused on the intersection of education, design, and technology. Previously, Tyler has studied at Emory, and took part in research at Georgia Tech. Learn more about Tyler's work here.


Don Balanzat

Physics Instructional Resource Expert

Tempe, AZ, USA

Don is a senior laboratory coordinator in the Department of Physics at Arizona State University. He has been a physics educator and demonstrator for eight years — four at Rutgers University and four at Arizona State University. His focus has been on developing exhibitions and performing demonstrates that enhance formal physics instruction, as well as bringing science to the masses through informal science shows and science activitism.


Colleen Countryman, Ph.D.


Ithaca, NY, USA

Dr. Colleen Countryman is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Ithaca College in New York. She specializes in the assessment of educational technologies, such as smartphones in physics labs.


Eric Klopfer, Ph.D.


Cambridge, MA, USA

Dr. Eric Klopfer is an AR education researcher, professor, and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT. His research focuses on the development and use of mobile and web-delivered game platforms for science education.


Arturo Martí, Ph.D.


Montevideo, Uruguay

Dr. Arturo Martí is professor of Physics at Universidad de la República (Uruguay). He completed his PhD in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona in 1997. For many years his research interests were focused on traditional academic topics centered in fluids and nonlinear physics, but recently he has also become involved in science popularization programs, the organization of physics Olympiads and teacher training workshops. Recently, he is developing physics experiments using smartphones. Arturo is a member of SmarterPhysics​.


Martín Monteiro


Montevideo, Uruguay

Martín Monteiro is professor of physics and laboratory coordinator at the School of Engineering, Universidad ORT Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is engaged in several initiatives to disseminate science, like blogs, workshops, outreach activities, the organization of physics and astronomy Olympiads, scientific photographic contests, among others. His main topics of interest are physics education, scientific art, history of science, physics toys, physics everywhere, Fermi problems and experimental and computational physics. In the last few years he has been developing physics experiments using new technologies like open-source hardware and smartphones. Martin is a member of SmarterPhysics​.


Ann-Marie Pendrill, Ph.D.


Lund, Sweden

Dr. Ann-Marie Pendrill has a background in computational atomic physics. Since 2009 she is the director of the Swedish National resource centre for physics education at Lund university. She likes to use informal settings, including playgrounds and amusement parks for physics education, from preschool to university.

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