Dr. Mariana Rocha
is an assistant lecturer at the School of Computer Science in the Technological University Dublin. Her research interests are related to the use of technology for teaching and learning, especially considering digital games potential in STEM education. She has experience producing multimedia STEM content for children between 6 and 12 years old. During her PhD, Mariana designed and implemented Once Upon a Maths
, an adventure web application for primary school children. The game is based in the real history of mathematics and makes use of situated learning to allow children work on their problem-solving skills. She is currently one of the leaders of the Junior Network Researchers in Serious Games, a project developed in collaboration with the Åbo Akademi Universit, in Finland, to support young researchers who work on developing studies about educational and serious games. Mariana is the co-founder of the Happy Maths project.
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