Sylvia Martinez is President of Generation YES, evangelizing student leadership through modern technology. Generation YES helps schools through a change process that includes student-centered teaching practices, encouragement of student voice, and technology combined with service learning.
Sylvia is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, a new book advocating authentic learning using real world design principles and hands-on experiences.
Prior to joining Generation YES, Sylvia oversaw product development, design and programming for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies.
Martinez started her career designing high frequency receiver systems and navigation software for GPS satellites.
Sylvia has been a featured speaker at national and international education technology conferences in areas ranging from the use of the internet in schools, Web 2.0 technologies, student leadership, digital citizenship, games in education, project-based and inquiry-based learning with technology, gender issues in education, and new advances in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) education.
She holds a masters in educational technology from Pepperdine, and a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.