Sharon Klotz serves as the Lemelson Center’s Head of Invention Education, leading and supporting the Center’s portfolio of educational programs, including the Draper Spark!Lab invention studio at the National Museum of American History, the Spark!Lab Network, professional development, and advancement of invention education initiatives across the informal learning landscape. Her museum career has included education and exhibition leadership roles at Discovery Place (Charlotte, NC); The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA); and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. As Creative Director and Partner at an international design consultancy, she led strategic planning for a range of start-up museums and museums that were reinventing themselves as community-driven cultural resources, including the Arizona Science Center, Madison Children’s Museum, Royal Alberta Museum, and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Sharon has consistently presented at conferences, including the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), and has been a guest instructor at Bank Street College of Education (museum research and design), Seton Hall University (exhibition design), and Pratt Institute (toy design). Her nonprofit board service has included museums and other educational institutions. Sharon holds a BS in physics from MIT, and her interdisciplinary background also includes Wall Street finance, science writing, instructional design, and improvisational theater.
A lifelong advocate for inquiry-based learning, Sharon enjoys promoting the Center’s vision for a more inventive future—a vision fueled by the belief that everyone is inventive and that our invention ecosystem is enhanced when different skills, ideas, and ways of thinking are not just allowed but encouraged to collide.