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Design and Engineering Workshops (DEW) Registration Now Open for Summer 2019

by Laura Fradin, Education Specialist
Screen Shot 2019-02-11 at 1.23.05 PMThe Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) offers Design and Engineering Workshops (DEW) for students K-12. These workshops are single session after school and weekend workshops. We also offer week-long school break and summer workshops with a variety of different themes. Our workshop programs are designed to give students the opportunity to learn about the engineering design process through a series of fun, hands-on building activities. Each summer workshop theme engages students in creative problem solving, and client-centered design.

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CEEO in Thailand

By Elissa Milto, Director of Outreach

In October 2017, the Thai Ministry of Education visited the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) to learn about the Center and invited us to participate in the 2018 International Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Conference (ISMTEC). A year later on October 17th, Elissa Milto, CEEO Director of Outreach, traveled to Bangkok to present at the conference that was hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST). The following week, she led a two-day workshop for IPST staff at their center.

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The Jack of All Trades

Physics teacher, science department chair, and robotics coach, Pete Erbland recently got the chance to reflect on the breadth of engineering curriculum the Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP) helped him bring to the classroom. Pete not only found the program to help him expand his teaching repertoire but found it connected him to his students as he was once again thrown into the student role. First apprehensive about the online course format, Pete found this setup to actually enhance his learning. This class gave him the opportunity to connect with teachers from all around the world and collaborate on problems like “How much weight can a standard paper grocery bag hold?”; a question that he was later able to share with his students.

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From Specialist to Coach: How TEEP helped a Science teacher become an Engineer

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is currently recruiting its 5th cohort for this Fall 2019 for the Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP). TEEP is a graduate course through Tufts University for any practicing elementary, middle school, or high school teacher who is seeking to change or expand their approach through the integration of engaging hands-on engineering principles in their coursework. The program is flexible, affordable, and designed to fit a busy teacher’s lifestyle. All four courses are online, allowing participants to work at their own pace and offer 16 total hours of graduate credit.

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Continue Reading November 19, 2018 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

LEGO Engineering Conferences in India

by Barbara Bratzel, Educator in Residence


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Barbara Bratzel, an Educator in Residence at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), recently gave talks and ran workshops at two LEGO Engineering conferences in India. The two conferences, with the theme Driving Innovation in India through STEM Education, were the first LEGO Engineering conferences held in India. They were sponsored by LEGO Education and Edutech. The first conference was held at the Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology in Chennai on September 4, 2018. 

Continue Reading October 11, 2018 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

CEEO’s Summer 2018 Undergraduate Internships

by Lynne Ramsey, Staff Assistant

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Every summer, Tufts Centering for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) hires between 30 and 40 Undergraduate Student Interns to work on various research, outreach initiatives, or operations support projects at the CEEO. This past summer we had 37 undergraduate students from Tufts and from a few other Universities working at the CEEO on the projects listed below.

 

Continue Reading September 27, 2018 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

Engaging Middle Schools Girls in Chemical Engineering

by Abey Klotz, Undergraduate Student in Chemical Engineering

ce3The National Science Foundation awards grants to young faculty to launch their research. Entitled CAREER grants, these grants task faculty with not only working on cutting-edge research but also sharing their work with the broader community. In Summer 2018, Professor Ayse Asatekin, from the Tufts Department of Chemical Engineering, partnered with the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) to develop and host a workshop for middle school girls. The goal of the workshop was to introduce the girls and to get them excited about the possibilities of chemical engineering.

Continue Reading September 25, 2018 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

Welcoming new PostDoc, Jenn Cross, to Tufts CEEO

By Jennifer Cross, Postdoctoral Research Associate

jenn2Jennifer Cross, Ph.D., is a new Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) where her primary research interests include investigating human-robot interaction in education contexts, developing novel programming interfaces for educational robots, and supporting diversity in engineering education. At the CEEO, she is teaching a course for the Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP) called Engineering and Science for Middle and High School Educators and working with Professor Chris Rogers on a number of research projects around robot programming. She is also helping to make improvements to the Human Factors Engineering program at Tufts.

Continue Reading September 25, 2018 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Summer 2018 Design and Engineering Workshops

By Laura Fradin, Education Specialist

IMG_0079-XLThis summer, the CEEO hosted workshops for educators and students throughout the summer. As always, our workshop introduced participants to the CEEO approach to engineering design. Students and teachers came from the local area and as far away as Japan.

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Reflective Decision-Making in Elementary Students’ Engineering Design

By Elissa Milto, Director of Outreach

bloblogblogblogblogblogA key feature of engineering design is collaborative, deliberate decision-making that takes into account information about design options. K‐12 students need opportunities for this kind of decision-making if they are to meet the learning standards for engineering outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. We conducted a qualitative study investigating how urban elementary students enact reflective decision-making in a formal engineering design curriculum in order to propose and operationalize a definition of reflective decision-making among elementary students. While the term reflective can mean many things, we allude to reflection that occurs during the engineering design process, or decision-making with a reflective stance.

Continue Reading May 16, 2018 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

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