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 (March 30, 2019 NY Times story reported that 68% of all high school juniors described school as “boring”). Mark’s magic trick is developing fully engaging lessons that motivate those who have been abandoned or have abandoned hope.

Mark is a big believer that solving problems through movement is primal to humans (the core concept of Brain Rules by John Medina). Having spent his youth playing all kinds of ball—especially with Spaldeens — and banging into fences and other immoveable objects (seven concussions), he learned he was no match for concrete, blacktop, or fences. Starring in track was a lot safer. After college he built a cabin in the Vermont hills with the nearest neighbor a mile away. But when an ex-Broadway dancer friend suggested he study with her teacher, the legendary Anna Halprin, he moved  to San Francisco. Dancing 10-12 hours a day was bliss. Dancing remains a daily practice of love. He he fulfilled a dream three years ago in moving with Juilliard dancers for 30 hours teaching what he’s discovered. They loved it!

Synthesizing all these movement and play experiences, Mark created a systematic way to teach academic skills through activity. The power and nuance of using games and movement as a learning tool, academically, socially, and personally, is vastly underrated. Check out on this site Explorer Games: Tools for Your Adventure and The Dodecahedron Mystery.

In addition, Mark’s written two books, published a best-selling trivia game, wrote and produced a  major theatrical show, and co-founded the longest continuous operating solar company in California: Sun Light & Power.

 

 

 

 

 

Derek Webb

Derek has been with Kuriosity Lab for eight years. “Whatever it takes,” is Derek’s motto. And he’a proven it. whether its loading Kuriosity Lab stuff and transporting it 1000 miles, and unloading  it in Inland Washington, or moving in rhythm–a change for him–or donning a parrot outfit onstage, Derek is an invaluable member of our cast. When it comes to playing ball, he’s the first in–or maybe it’s Mark. We’re never sure. But put Derek together with a group of kids, and “Voila!!” IT’S MAGIC!

David Gordon

Drawing since he was two, David Gordon serves as illustrator for the imaginary characters and scenes seen in the website. 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 graduation from Evergreen State in Olympia with a BA, is a noted accomplishment.

David Gordon

Drawing since he was two, David Gordon serves as illustrator for the imaginary characters and scenes seen in the website. 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 graduation from Evergreen State in Olympia with a BA, 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 the best young writer Mark knows.