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We are excited to welcome you to the revival of the CEEO newsletter. This newsletter will be used to share a few of the highlights of all the amazing projects and programs happening at the CEEO. We’d love to hear from you too. Send pictures, updates or videos to ceeo@tufts.edu, and we’ll work to include them in future newsletters.

Continue Reading April 21, 2015 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

An Afternoon of Learning and Hacking

by Whitney Crooks, PhD Graduate in Mechanical Engineering

IMG_0093On Friday, July 7th, the CEEO hosted an afternoon of learning and hacking with MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten (LLK), which shares a love of LEGO with the CEEO and has a similar mission: “develop new technologies that, in the spirit of the blocks and fingerpaint of kindergarten, expand the range of what people can design, create, and learn.”

Continue Reading August 10, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Maker Workshop with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Elissa Milto, CEEO Director of Outreach

dancing robotDr. Daniel Hannon received a CEEO Innovation Grant from the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach to run a Maker workshop in order to help develop social awareness in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He and Elissa Milto, CEEO’s Director of Outreach, structured this pilot workshop to look at understanding how adolescents with ASD  gain social skills to help them more fully integrate into society, to  interact meaningfully with one another, and to become better prepared for jobs in the future. There is very little research on adolescents with ASD so the researchers wanted to better understand how to support this age group to become productive members of society.

Continue Reading July 20, 2017 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Maker Games

by Matt Mueller, Doctoral Student in Mechanical Engineering

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Hello, my name is Matthew Mueller and I am a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering interested in simplifying interfaces for digital fabrication tools (like 3D printers and CNC machines) and developing ways for young students to engage in authentic engineering design.  As part of the 2016/2017 CEEO Innovation grant, David Alsdorf and I have created the MakerGames, a game designed to leverage the power of make believe play and to spark thoughtful conversations about engineering concepts as students engage in open ended design challenges.

Continue Reading July 17, 2017 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

The Power of Strategic Under-Instruction

By: Mike Kulbieda, Maker/Design Coordinator, International School of the Peninsula, Palo Alto, CA

blog2As the Maker/Design Coordinator at the International School of the Peninsula I have the privilege of spending my days in the “makerspace” designing and facilitating lessons to encourage tinkering, exploration, collaboration, and creativity, all in service to the act of creation and skill building. I have a passion for learning by doing and as an educator have always kept that at the forefront of my teaching. Recently I reflected on a session I had with third graders in Design class on circuitry. I had placed some materials in a few boxes including batteries, small LED lights, aluminum foil, wooden sticks, pipe cleaners, and straws, and placed them in the center of each table with the idea that I would let the kids explore the materials and hopefully come to some conclusions about their relationship to each other, and how some could conduct electricity and some couldn’t. Most groups went straight for the LED light and coin cell battery and made it light up by squeezing the positive and negative leads of the light to the positive and negative terminals of the battery. Distracted by the fact that they made something light up, the other materials were left in the box untouched and unexplored. I thought to myself, “fail.” I had hoped that at least one student would make the connection between the battery, the light, and the conductive materials int their boxes in order to segue into extending electricity through circuits. No luck.

Continue Reading June 29, 2017 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Early Childhood Makerspace

by Amanda Strawhacker, Doctoral Student in Child Study and Human Development and Miki Vizner, Master’s Student in Child Study and Human Development

Makerspaces are an exciting space to foster creative learning through building artifacts. These 21st century engineering workshops are a growing area of interest for both education researchers and school practitioners,Untitledand many resources (e.g. makered.org) refer to the benefits of making for children as young as Kindergarten aged. However, most makerspaces are designed for much older age group. With support from the CEEO Innovation Fund, Ph.D. student Amanda Strawhacker and M.A. student Miki Vizner, both of Tufts’ Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, set out to research and develop a developmentally appropriate Early Childhood Makerspace, for children ages 4-8 years. This mission of this space is, 1) to serve an active making community of children and their guardians or educators, and 2) to provide a testing site for Tufts researchers to investigate making and learning in early childhood.  

Continue Reading June 1, 2017 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Becky McDowell wins Program Excellence Award at the ITEEA Conference

beckyBecky McDowell, a K-5 STEM Teacher at the Barrington 220 School in Wauconda, Illinois and TEEP Alum (2016) won the Program Excellence Award at the ITEEA Conference this year. The Program Excellence Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students and is designed to recognize exceptional technology and engineering education programs in each state.

Continue Reading May 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

“Making” in the White Mountains: Meet Our Partners at WMSI

by Susan Bitetti

BLOG BLOG BLOGOne of the incredible aspects about working at the CEEO is the opportunity to collaborate with some really wonderful and unique educational spaces. White Mountain Science Institute (WMSI) in Bethlehem, NewHampshire led by CEEO fellow Bill Church, is one such space. WMSI is not a typical afterschool setting; while the staff have their own space in downtown Bethlehem for developing educational technologies in-house, they visit neighboring classrooms with their “Mobile STEM Lab.”

Continue Reading May 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

1234Cast

by Sam Woolf, Masters Student in Mechanical Engineering

1234LightningWith the support of a CEEO Innovation Grant, we built and tested 1234Cast, a weather forecasting portal that caters to young children. Weather is all around us, and we interact with it on a daily basis, as it affects many parts of our lives. However, teaching weather-related concepts to young children is extremely complex, as many of these ideas are abstract and require prior knowledge of numbers and scientific processes.

Continue Reading May 1, 2017 at 12:29 pm 1 comment

University Level Courses

First-Year Intro-to-Engineering Simple Robotics
IMG_0762Once again, in Fall 2016, Professor Danahy taught the Tufts School of Engineering’s introduction to engineering course Simple Robotics to first-year engineering students. Leveraging the LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics hardware and the LabVIEW Graphical Programming interface, this course has pre-major engineering students work in teams on weekly assignments to design, create, build, and demonstrate/present their robotic solutions.

Continue Reading April 25, 2017 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Novel Engineering Challenges-Update

By Elissa Milto, Director of Outreach, CEEO

elissa blogApril 1st was the launch of Novel Engineering Challenge- a series of three online Novel Engineering design challenges. The first of the three challenges is based on the book Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming. From now until May 19th, elementary-aged children will have the opportunity to submit their solutions with the help of teachers, librarians, and other educators. There will be two categories on which entries will be judged: Popular Vote and Judges’ Choice.

 

Continue Reading April 20, 2017 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

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