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Robotic Toy Testing

by Ethan Danahy, Research Assistant Professor in Computer Science and CEEO
IMG_0147In Fall 2017, Prof. Ethan Danahy once again taught his first-year introduction to engineering course “Simple Robotics” to 28 of the Tufts University freshmen engineering students. After a sequence of shorter, week-long projects (ranging from designing Robotic Animals and Astronaut Tools to creating an interactive Haunted House and performing Robotic Magic Tricks), the final project of the semester was to design, build, test, and refine a “Playful Creation” for four-to-eight year old children.

Continue Reading January 24, 2018 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

ConnecTions in the Making 3-year NSF Research Project Launches Summer 2017

By Chelsea Andrews, Post Doctoral Research Associate
chelsea blogConnecTions in the Making: Elementary Students, Teachers, and STEM Professionals Integrating Science and Engineering to Design Community Solutions is one of the CEEO’s newest research projects, funded by the NSF’s ITEST program. Led by PI’s Kristen Wendell (Tufts) and Tej Dalvi (UMass Boston), the overall goal of this project is to develop and study community-connected, integrated science and engineering curriculum units that support diverse elementary students’ science and engineering ideas, practices, and attitudes.

Continue Reading January 8, 2018 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Novel Engineering Challenges Wraps Up Its Third Challenge Cycle

by Susan Bitetti, Education Specialist
1Between April and December 1, 2017, Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) designed, developed, and hosted NovelEngineeringChallenges.org, a series of three open-ended, engineering design challenges based on children’s literature and hosted on an online platform as part of a grant funded by the United Engineering Foundation.

Continue Reading December 12, 2017 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

New Funding at the CEEO

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The CEEO is thrilled to announce four new projects, funded by NSF, that launched this fall.  These are new projects so we don’t have much to report yet but stay tuned for new tools, research and outreach tools.

Continue Reading November 28, 2017 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Summer Vacation and ENE 151

By Kimberly Fogarty, TEEP student, Academic Technology Specialist at the Park School in Brookline, MA

IMG_5311 (1)As a student in the Teacher Engineering Education Certificate program, I have come to expect and enjoy relevant readings and projects as part of my courses.  Never before was this more true than when my ENE151 class and an amazing Teacher-In-Residence program overlapped this summer.  ENE 151 focuses on product design, manufacturing, and human factors and their role within engineering. Offered through the Cape Cod Regional STEM Cooperative, the Teacher-In-Residence program sends accepted applicants to different Cape Cod destinations to learn about STEM in in practice and to develop curriculum for students who visit the facility to link real-life math, science and engineering to the classroom. I applied and was accepted to spend two weeks at SencorpWhite, a Cape Cod corporation that designs and manufactures thermoforming machines and vertical storage solutions.  

Continue Reading November 21, 2017 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

New faculty, staff and students at the CEEO

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With the start of a new school year, the CEEO welcomes new faculty, staff and students. Check out who joined us this year!

Continue Reading November 21, 2017 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

New STOMP Cohort

2017-2018New STOMPers engage in a classic design challenge, Spaghetti Towers.With the start of the new semester, the CEEO welcomed STOMP Alum Laura Fradin as the new Education Specialist to work on multiple projects including LEGO Outreach, Novel Engineering, Design and Engineering Workshops, and various research projects. Laura also manages the STOMP program. As the STOMP Manager, Laura has been working hard to hire new STOMP Fellows and schedule times for 43 elementary and middle school classrooms in Boston, Everett, Medford, Malden, Somerville.

Continue Reading October 16, 2017 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Design and Engineering Workshops – Summer 2017

IMG_8049Over the summer the CEEO hosted 11 different workshops for children age five to eighteen.  For younger students there were workshops that focused on exploring engineering while helping out characters from their favorite PBS shows and also learning the engineering design process through stories, songs and hands-on activities.  There was a session of Girls Design and Engineering Workshop where the students explored topics of simple electronics, human factors, programming, robotics, and user-centered design, focusing on engineering but also paying attention to the client.

Continue Reading September 27, 2017 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Summer Undergraduate Internships

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Every summer, CEEO hires 30-40 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 a few other Universities working at the CEEO on the projects listed below.

Continue Reading September 26, 2017 at 10:35 am 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 1 comment

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