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.

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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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2018 LEGO Education Symposium and Tufts STEM Education Conference

IMG_0370Tufts CEEO is excited to report on another successful LEGO Education Symposium and Tufts STEM Education Conference! The combined events took place from June 5th-7th on the Tufts campus and attracted 170 educators from over 30 countries in addition to highlighting some of the amazing research and outreach done by Tufts’ own faculty.

Continue Reading August 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm 1 comment

The EnLIGHTening Quilt

by Fay Shaw, Post Doctoral Research Associate

In the Spring 2018 semester, students in the Child Development course, Children & New Technology (CD114), collaboratively created a quilt for the Eliot-Pearson Early Childhood Makerspace. The goal of the course was to explore ways to better integrate technology into learning environments, such as makerspaces. The interdisciplinary course focused on developmental learning and design theories while also exploring the impact of computer programming, virtual communities, computer games, social media, and other digital technologies in the lives of young people. Students applied their theoretical knowledge and designed a new technology for young children in collaboration with a team of engineers.


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Learning Conceptual Knowledge Through Homework

by Jessica Swenson

The inspiration for my dissertation came from two sources: personal experience as an engineering student and courses developed at the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. As an undergraduate engineering student, I did everything a “good” student should. I went to class everyday, attended optional recitations, went to office hours, and completed every problem set. I worked with friends and classmates on all assigned work like faculty told us to during orientation and in classes. Yet, I had this gut feeling I didn’t understand everything, and my exam scores reflected that feeling. One of the reasons I chose to attend graduate school was to understand why I had that gut feeling, and to ask how other students could be enabled to build deeper understanding in their core engineering courses.

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CEEO papers presented at ASEE

By Samantha Leong

IMG_1586 (1)Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) graduate students and faculty attended the 2018 Annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference this June 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. We were excited to have four conference papers accepted this year. ASEE continues to be an important part of sharing the research done by CEEO and to share our work with like-minded thinkers in the Engineering Education Community. Please read below to learn more about the work we presented at ASEE 2018.


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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.

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Position Announcement: Post-Doctoral Researcher

The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral scholar to work on studying teacher learning in K-12 engineering education. The initial appointment is for the academic year 2018-2019, renewable for up to two years total.

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CEEO Summer Design & Engineering Workshops for Kids

1University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) has an exciting list of research based Design and Engineering Workshops (DEW) for kids during the summer of 2018. We have a variety of different themed workshops for all different age ranges! Your child will be immersed into the world of engineering and walk away feeling empowered to be an engineer of the future. Our workshops have inspired many students to go into the engineering field. Maybe your child will become an engineer too! All workshops are held on the Tufts campus in Medford.

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CEEO Graduating Students and Award Winners

CEEO Graduates 2017-2018

FY2018 Grads
Jessica Swenson, PhD Mechanical Engineering
Kerrianne Marino, MS Human Factors Engineering
Sam Woolf, MS Mechanical Engineering

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