Archive for March, 2019

We Want to Make Free Toys!

By Fatima Rahman, Master’s Student in STEM Education

Community-connected engineering workshop engages fourth-graders in designing for their own community

Being an engineer is a powerful concept – one that encourages us to embrace our ideas and bring them to life by finding creative and practical solutions to accomplish our goals. Engineers define goals and then they trust themselves to investigate, tinker, fail, and persist in finding ways to meet them. In a small slum community in Lahore, Pakistan, fourth-graders decided making free toys for themselves and their community was a goal they cared about. Many students from this class came from families that worked as rag-pickers (rag-pickers salvage reusable or recyclable materials thrown away by others to sell for income). The school in this community was run by a non-government organization that hoped to uplift the entire community through educating its children.

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Continue Reading March 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

STEAM Discovery Lab

By Sara Willner-Giwerc, Doctoral Student in Mechanical Engineering

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Discovery Lab is one of Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach’s (CEEO) newest research projects. Check it out here: https://www.steamdiscoverylabbeta.com. On the surface, the STEAM Discovery Lab is a website dedicated to providing teachers with new and exciting ideas and resources for conducting hands-on activities in their classroom. The website provides teachers with inspiring lesson plans and activity ideas that they can tweak to best meet the needs of their students and subject area needs. The site also features activity ideas that combine different technologies in unconventional ways. For example, STEAM Discovery Lab has a library of examples for how teachers can combine LEGO bricks with craft materials, softwares, and other technologies to create unique learning experiences for their students!

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Continue Reading March 7, 2019 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment


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