Archive for February, 2016

Robotics Education at Tufts University (Fall 2015)

kitThe Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is closely involved in the running of two robotics classes within the School of Engineering at Tufts.

Dr. Ethan Danahy (Research Assistant Professor at the CEEO, with secondary appointment in the Computer Science department) teaches the first-year intro-to-engineering course “Simple Robotics” to about 30 of Tufts incoming freshman engineering students. This past semester, post-doc Dr. Aaron Johnson from the CEEO helped co-teach the course, bringing his expertise in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and human factors to the class. Together, they worked to not only expose the 18-year-old budding engineers to the engineering design process and context ranging from mechanical and structural to electrical and programming, but also highlight some of the real-world engineering skills and practices the students would need later in life: creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communication, and presentation abilities.

 

Continue Reading February 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm Leave a comment

Novel Engineering at the Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, MA

Last year, the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach began a relationship with the Malden Public Schools, going in to their Linden STEAM Academy, a K–8 innovation school that places more of a focus on “hands-on”, project-based learning. Starting in January of 2015, members of the CEEO began collaborating with the teachers, providing monthly professional development sessions to support the teachers as they introduced Novel Engineering, an integrated approach to teaching literacy and engineering, to their students. Novel Engineering (NE) uses the literature that teachers are already using in the classroom—picture books, novels, or expository texts—as a basis for engineering design challenges.

Continue Reading February 10, 2016 at 11:38 am Leave a comment


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