Leah Rosenbaum

Contact: leahr at berkeley dot edu

Research Interests: I’m primarily interested in tangible learning as a means to concretely explore math concepts and if/how studying math in a physical context differs from a symbolic context.  Currently, this interest in manifested in the design of tabletop and floor-based machines/models/toys to play around with concepts in geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Recently I’ve been working on Geometris, which is a little bit like Twister meets DanceDanceRevolution but for geometry. Check out the demo video below!

Personal Background: I’m a 5th-year PhD candidate in EMST, also pursuing a Designated Emphasis in New Media.  I grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, just a few blocks from Lake Michigan.  After finishing my undergrad degree in math at Scripps College, I worked for 3 years as a data analyst in San Francisco, where I enjoyed sampling all the food that city has to offer.  In my free time, I like to cook, bake, take my dog on hikes, and climb inconsistently (only bouldering – I’m afraid of heights).