Who We Are

Mark Gordon

 

For the last twenty-five years, Mark Gordon has worked with at-risk youth as a teacher, mentor, and director of two experimental educational nonprofits (The AHA Center and The Kuriosity Lab). Based on the science of learning and how we learn most effectively, he discarded the standard curriculum that dulls the minds of most students. A New York Times story reported (March 30, 2019) that 68% of all high school juniors described school as boring. Mark’s magic trick is developing fully engaging curriculum that motivate those who have been academically abandoned or have lost hope that the schooling they’re receiving has relevance to them.

Mark is a big believer learning the systems of nature and movement are primal to humans. He lives on 44 acres of nature’s finest in Inland Washington. Understanding nature has become a daily practice–one that brings him joy and wonder.

His love of movement and games began early. Having spent his youth playing all kinds of ball. Understanding the variations in games still intrigues him today. He has discovered that all games have five basic elements. In adolescence he joined the track team and was the fastest runner in a school of 5,000. in his early 20’s he built a cabin in the Vermont hills and fell in love with nature.  But when an ex-Broadway dancer friend suggested he study with her teacher–the brilliant Anna Halprin–across the country in San Francisco. He couldn’t resist the adventure.   He still dances nearly every day because it feels so good.

Synthesizing all these experiences, Mark created a systematic way to understand the power of games including offering insight into other areas of life.

Mark has written two books, published a best-selling trivia game, produced a major show, and founded the longest continuous operating solar company in California: Sun Light & Power.

 

Petra Manyai

Petra joined our team in 2018 to help us move Kuriosity Lab from the physical to the online space. New to the San Francisco Bay Area, she previously worked at several non profit organizations as a communication and marketing manager in her home country in Hungary.

When not editing videos and composing posts, she loves enjoying time with her family, exploring California and doing yoga.

 

David Gordon

Drawing since he was two, David Gordon serves as illustrator for the imaginary characters seen on our social media. He enjoys podcasting and does much of the voice work on our videos (including all the characters in “The Mission.” David is also responsible for planning, photographing and videoing many of the Kuriosity Lab experiments. As a graduate of Evergreen State College, David has enjoyed learning about growing things including himself, producing podcasts, and continuing his lifelong interest in history and different cultures. His travels to Turkey, Peru, and Guatemala has intensified his voracious appetite to understand how and why humans act the way we do. As a card-carrying dyslexic, his graduating with a Bachelor of Arts is a noted accomplishment.

 
Colin Barton

Over sixteen years ago, Colin Barton became the first student at the AHA! Learning Center. Colin continued to study creative writing under Mark, and went on to teach himself 3D digital art while working as an electronic hardware lab tech. Colin has partnered with Mark to develop and edit The Dodecahedron Mystery. He is our editor-in-chief and is the best young writer Mark knows.

Derek Webb

 

 

Derek performs and produces many of our videos. He loves playing as much as kinesthetically-oriented kids do.. His ball skills were discovered as an adult, but he is a natural. Kids love Derek because of his acceptance, love, and deep respect they feel when around him. In addition, Derek has no reluctance in doing  the dirty work that every team needs.

Who We Are

Mark Gordon

Mark in action with Juilliard dancers

For the last twenty-five years, Mark Gordon has worked with at-risk youth as a teacher, mentor, and director of two experimental educational nonprofits (The AHA Center and The Kuriosity Lab). Based on the science of learning and how we learn most effectively, he discarded the standard curriculum that dulls the minds of most students. A New York Times story reported (March 30, 2019) that 68% of all high school juniors described school as boring. Mark’s magic trick is developing fully engaging curriculum that motivate those who have been academically abandoned or have lost hope that the schooling they’re receiving has relevance to them.

Mark is a big believer learning the systems of nature and movement are primal to humans. He lives on 44 acres of nature’s finest in Inland Washington. Understanding nature has become a daily practice–one that brings him joy and wonder.

His love of movement and games began early. Having spent his youth playing all kinds of ball. Understanding the variations in games still intrigues him today. He has discovered that all games have five basic elements. In adolescence he joined the track team and was the fastest runner in a school of 5,000. in his early 20’s he built a cabin in the Vermont hills and fell in love with nature.  But when an ex-Broadway dancer friend suggested he study with her teacher–the brilliant Anna Halprin–across the country in San Francisco. He couldn’t resist the adventure.   He still dances nearly every day because it feels so good.

Synthesizing all these experiences, Mark created a systematic way to understand the power of games including offering insight into other areas of life.

Mark has written two books, published a best-selling trivia game, produced a major show, and founded the longest continuous operating solar company in California: Sun Light & Power.

 

Petra Manyai

Petra joined our team in 2018 to help us move Kuriosity Lab from the physical to the online space. New to the San Francisco Bay Area, she previously worked at several non profit organizations as a communication and marketing manager in her home country in Hungary.

When not editing videos and composing posts, she loves enjoying time with her family, exploring California and doing yoga.

 

David Gordon

Drawing since he was two, David Gordon serves as illustrator for the imaginary characters seen on our social media. He enjoys podcasting and does much of the voice work on our videos (including all the characters in “The Mission.” David is also responsible for planning, photographing and videoing many of the Kuriosity Lab experiments. As a graduate of Evergreen State College, David has enjoyed learning about growing things including himself, producing podcasts, and continuing his lifelong interest in history and different cultures. His travels to Turkey, Peru, and Guatemala has intensified his voracious appetite to understand how and why humans act the way we do. As a card-carrying dyslexic, his graduating with a Bachelor of Arts is a noted accomplishment.

 
Colin Barton

Over sixteen years ago, Colin Barton became the first student at the AHA! Learning Center. Colin continued to study creative writing under Mark, and went on to teach himself 3D digital art while working as an electronic hardware lab tech. Colin has partnered with Mark to develop and edit The Dodecahedron Mystery. He is our editor-in-chief and is the best young writer Mark knows.

Derek Webb

Derek performs and produces many of our videos. He loves playing as much as kinesthetically-oriented kids do.. His ball skills were discovered as an adult, but he is a natural. Kids love Derek because of his acceptance, love, and deep respect they feel when around him. In addition, Derek has no reluctance in doing the dirty work that every team needs.