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Brad McLain, Ph.D.

XSCI: Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative, University of Colorado, Denver

Brad McLain is an educational researcher and co-director of XSci at the University of Colorado Denver. XSci is the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative and produces both projects and research based on STEM learning theory and the field of experiential learning.

His research focus is on science identity construction and the role of narrative (storytelling) in content understanding and personal meaning making. He is also an accomplished documentary filmmaker and multimedia designer, having been the lead for several NSF and NASA projects over the past 10 years.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Colorado Denver, McLain was an educational researcher at the Space Science Institute, a multimedia instructional designer in the online learning industry, a NASA educational lead, and a social science researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). His NASA experience began in 2001 as an education lead for space shuttle mission STS 107, Columbia's final flight. Following his stint on the human space flight side of NASA, McLain became in involved is several educational efforts in space science and astrobiology through the NASA Astrobiology Institute.