Gokul Krishnan

SciPlay Research Fellow, New York Hall of Science

Gokul Krishnan is a SciPlay Research Fellow at the New York Hall of Science, where his goal is to create a center of excellence in Maker Therapy. The center aims to proliferate Maker therapy to children’s hospitals across the United States.
Gokul has a PhD in the Learning Sciences from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education in Nashville, TN. He has introduced the first mobile Makerspaces in a children’s hospital, at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, addressing the needs of chronically ill patients. The intent of these mobile Makerspaces are to provide children with creative outlets and learning opportunities but, equally important, to encourage social interchange with others and improve patient health care by increasing physical mobility. He calls this new patient learning experience as ‘Maker Therapy’
Gokul was the first recipient of the Design, Make, Play Award from the New York Hall of Science in 2015. In June, The White House recognized Gokul as an honorary Maker for his research and development of the mobile Makerspaces in children’s hospitals.
He holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Riverside and a B.E. in Manufacturing Science & Engineering from Bangalore, India. Gokul is passionate about working with children who have chronic illnesses and designing new learning environments and experiences for them, through the development and integration of technologies and 21st century skills.