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We are excited to welcome you to the revival of the CEEO newsletter. This newsletter will be used to share a few of the highlights of all the amazing projects and programs happening at the CEEO. We’d love to hear from you too. Send pictures, updates or videos to ceeo@tufts.edu, and we’ll work to include them in future newsletters.

Continue Reading April 21, 2015 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

An Interview with TEEP Alumnae Kathy Donavan

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Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) were lucky enough to check in with one of our Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP) Alumni, Kathy Donavan. Kathy shares with us what teaching though a pandemic has been like and how she used her experiences in TEEP in her online teaching. 

Continue Reading April 8, 2021 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Researcher, Tufts CEEO

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) invites applications for a joint full-time postdoctoral scholar to work on studying undergraduate teaching and learning. The initial appointment is for the academic year 2021-2022, with possibility for additional years of renewal.

The position will be part of a project that is exploring how to create resources and tools to support student-centered, hands-on engineering and robotics learning in Rwanda, Brazil, and Kenya. Leveraging ideas from learning through play, makerspaces, and engineering education, the Tufts team is working collaboratively with country-based partners to co-design hands-on materials, teacher professional development, and educational activities focused on the primary/elementary years. Together with partners at each of the sites, our collaborative design process will jointly explore different dimensions of play, making, and engineering in classrooms. Taking an asset-based approach, our co-designs will work to amplify local funds of knowledge and repertoires of practice in classroom practice. The network of researchers and local educational partners provides opportunities to explore collaborations at a distance and models of research partnership that can expand our understandings of how play, making, and engineering enrich classroom learning.

The postdoctoral scholar will be a key member of the team with significant research responsibilities as well as project management and mentoring duties. The scholar will be helping to develop resources, be responsible for collecting and studying data, be participating in analysis and discussion of data, and be taking lead and supportive roles in the production of publications and dissemination materials as well as development of proposals to extend research. Travel to the partner countries is anticipated when restrictions are lifted. The position will be mentored by Dr. Brian Gravel from the Department of Education and by Dr. Merredith Portsmore at Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.

The position requires a PhD and experience in qualitative research. Applications are encouraged from those with backgrounds in K-12 STEM education, particularly in the primary/elementary years (ages 5-12). Experience in the focal countries (Rwanda, Brazil, Kenya) or supportive language skills for working in those countries is highly desired. Any expertise in studying responsive teaching or teacher noticing, design or facilitation of teacher professional development, learning through play-based approaches, engineering education or makerspace work, should be highlighted on the letter of application.

Please submit a letter of application, including descriptions of your background and research interests, a CV, and the names of three references to ceeojob@tuftsceeo.org. Questions about the position or application process can be directed to CEEO Director, Merredith Portsmore (Merredith.Portmore@tufts.edu).

We work to hire a diverse team at Tufts CEEO and are actively seeking applicants who are under-represented in higher education. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or other characteristics. 

Tufts CEEO is also a certified green office and functions in an environmentally friendly manner in accordance with green office policy and procedures. 

March 30, 2021 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

CEEO New Research Initiatives

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Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) are excited to share 4 new research initiatives that have been funded recently. These research initiatives continue our mission for improving education through engineering. They support the research efforts of our faculty, staff, PostDocs, and students.

Continue Reading February 12, 2021 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

CEEO Graduate Work on AI

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In December 2020, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) graduate student Ziyi Zhang and Sara Willner-Giwerc collaborated to run three one-hour robotics sessions with high school students in Malden remotely. The goal of these sessions was to introduce basic AI, especially reinforcement learning (RL) concepts to the students.

Continue Reading February 12, 2021 at 12:12 pm 2 comments

Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP) Fall 2021

The CEEO is excited to announce that the Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP) is now accepting applications for Fall 2021. TEEP is 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.

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Continue Reading February 12, 2021 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Simple Robotics (EN1) Final Projects

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In the fall 2020 semester, Dr. Ethan Danahy, Research Associate Professor from Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), taught a section of the introductory engineering course for Tufts first-year School of Engineering students called Simple Robotics.

Continue Reading February 12, 2021 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Engineering Design Lab and Tufts CEEO

by Katie Castor, Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering

In summer 2020, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) collaborated with Tufts University College to teach a virtual engineering workshop, Engineering Design Lab (EDL) which is a Pre-College program for High School students focused on exploring the fundamentals of robotics and computation. EDL was taught by Tufts CEEO Research Assistant Professor, Jennifer Cross.

Continue Reading December 15, 2020 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

Tufts CEEO and LEGO Build the Change

Sara Willner-Giwerc, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) PhD Candidate, shares her work with the LEGO Build Challenge, which explores important topics related to the environment and society and asks kids to tap into their imaginations and come up with solutions to big problems.

 

Continue Reading December 10, 2020 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

2020 Collaboration with PTC

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by Matthew Mueller, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

Supported by gifts from PTC, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) hired a team of undergraduate interns to do research on 3D modeling environments in learning contexts over the summer. They worked on generating curricular supports for students learning Onshape, creating digital twins of LEGO robots that could simulate the physical robot’s motion, and developing new interfaces for spatial computing (control and monitor of robots in augmented reality). 

Continue Reading December 7, 2020 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

CEEO Haunted House 2020

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By Katie Castor, Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering

This year the 3rd Annual Nolop Makerspace Haunted House took place virtually on Friday, October 30, 2020. The event was sponsored by the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), Nolop Makerspace, and the School of Engineering (SOE), and featured projects from first-year engineering students in Professor Ethan Danahy’s Simple Robotics class.

Continue Reading December 7, 2020 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

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