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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

The Cardboard Boat Project

By Sarah Matheny, Alumni of the Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP)

blog blog blogSarah Matheny, Science and Design Thinking Teacher from St. George’s Independent School, Germantown, TN, shares the work done by a 4th grade class called “The Cardboard Boat Project”

Our fourth graders study explorers in the Fall and this year the teachers thought it would be fun to have ourstudents make their own boats that they could actually float in… out of cardboard! This project sounded exciting and scary at the same time.

Continue Reading March 21, 2017 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

The Development and Implementation of a Tool for Encouraging the Practice of Student-Driven Documentation in Engineering Design

By Susan Bitetti, Staff Member

blog2With the increase of engineering design activities in K-12 classrooms comes a new set of challenges to educators and policy-makers.  Previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of incorporating design tasks into formal education curriculum; however, a gap in research still remains surrounding how additional tools can best support students and teachers in these less than traditional learning environments.  For my thesis research, I designed, tested, and evaluated a tool made with the intent of specifically supporting the practice of documentation during engineering design tasks within formal education settings.

Continue Reading March 20, 2017 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

CEEO Annual report 2015-2016

Do you want more information about CEEO? Check out our CEEO Annual Report that covers 2015 and 2016!


February 16, 2017 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Portable Maker Workshop

by Kristen Wendell, McDonnell Family Professor in Engineering Education

20160810_113054I’m pleased to have this chance to tell you about the Portable Maker Workshop, a new tool for classroom engineering design from Pre-K to grade 8. At the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, we are always looking for more ways to support learners in creating functional, testable prototypes of solutions to engineering challenges. Our focus on functionality and testability stems from our “constructionist” (Papert, 1980) view that the construction of public physical artifacts is a productive way to engage learners in disciplinary practices and build conceptual knowledge.

Continue Reading February 16, 2017 at 10:26 am 1 comment

Novel Engineering Challenges

by Elissa Milto, Director of Outreach

UntitledBuilding on Novel Engineering, the CEEO will be offering a series of three online Novel Engineering challenges. In January, we began work on a grant funded by the United Engineering Foundation that will support work on Novel Engineering Challenges. The goal of Novel Engineering Challenges is to broaden interest and participation in engineering by providing a new entry point to engineering through literacy and human-centered problems. This initiative will be a hybrid between the content and approach of Novel Engineering and online sharing platform of Dr. E’s Challenges.


Continue Reading February 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm 2 comments

Winternship 2017 Overview

by Dr. Ethan Danahy, Research Assistant Professor, CEEO

blog1During the interim break between the Fall 2016 semester and the start of the Spring 2017 semester, the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University hosted its first ever “Winternship,” an opportunity for students staying local over winter break to spend the first two weeks of January working on CEEO-related technology development initiatives. A total of 14 undergraduates from Tufts University, Wellesley College, UMass Amherst, and Stonehill College participated, starting the Winternship with an orientation learning about LEGO Robotics and Laser Cutting, and then transitioning to working on several research projects, each sponsored by a different Tufts University grad student, staff member, or professor in connection with ongoing research and development initiatives at the University.

Continue Reading January 23, 2017 at 10:36 am 2 comments

20th Anniversary

by Magee Shalhoub, CEEO Program Administrator

10/23/2016 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach celebrates its 20th anniversary with an open house in its maker space at 200 Boston Avenue. (Evan Sayles for Tufts University)This year, the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) was excited to celebrate our twentieth anniversary on October 23, 2016! The CEEO was established in 1996 and was one of the first pioneers to start thinking about engineering education. The CEEO works to bring engineering into K-12 classrooms to give students a fundamental understanding of what engineering is and support teachers in enacting engineering curriculum in their classrooms. It’s been an amazing twenty years, and the CEEO was thrilled to celebrate with CEEO faculty, staff, students, alumni, former directors, and employees as well as with the Tufts and local Somerville and Medford community.

Continue Reading December 12, 2016 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

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