Mary Kate Robbett engages Spark!Lab visitors in the inventive process. That looks different with every interaction, but it generally includes prompting our inventors to share their ideas, helping them to consider potential problems, and encouraging them to test and tweak their initial approach. She also helps the Spark!Lab team as they experiment with new approaches and explore ways to tie the Spark!Lab activities into the history on display at the Museum.
A dance teacher for 10 years, Mary Kate received her BA in American Studies at Georgetown University and her MA in Museum Studies at George Washington University. Much of her academic work focused on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century US history. She wrote her master’s thesis on kinesthetic learning in museums.