Welcome!

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.

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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

This holiday season, give the gift of engineering education.

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This winter Tufts CEEO is offering two January Design and Engineering Workshops: LEGO Robotics for Beginners and Advanced LEGO Robotics. Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Kit.  

Continue Reading December 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

CEEO Hires and Promotions

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Recently, Merredith Portmore and Ethan Danahy were promoted to Research Associate Faculty. Also, Jennifer Cross was hired as Research Assitant Faculty. 

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Integrating 21st-Century Skills in Online Sessions

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Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) graduate student, Dipeshwor Shrestha, collaborated with the Karkhana Community of Teachers to run a session for engineering education in Nepal, conducted via Zoom, that over 70 teachers in Nepal attended. Their task was to create a mechanism to transport momos from a village to a cave separated by a 10-foot wide river.

Continue Reading October 9, 2020 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

Designing Robotics Instructions for Solution Diversity

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By Sara Willner-Giwerc, Doctoral Student in Mechanical Engineering

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) are excited to share a project that CEEO Ph.D. Candidate, Sara Willner-Giwerc, has been working on to give students and teachers access to documents called, “Placemats” that encourage open-ended robotics challenges. Read below as Sara goes into more detail on the project.

This summer, I worked with an amazing team of undergraduate and high school interns to create a library of placemat instructions. Placemat instructions are printable 1-page resources that inspire students with open-ended robotics challenges. The two-sided paper resources are designed to be part of the student workspace (similar to the paper rectangles, or “placemats” that restaurants use). That paper rectangle under your meal at a restaurant is great for a quick game of tic-tac-toe, doodling while you wait, or just keeping messy eaters from staining the table below. The placemats instructions are similarly meant to be part of the classroom experience and used in multiple ways in order to scaffold student and teacher participation throughout a robotics challenge.

 

Continue Reading September 30, 2020 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

Recreating an In-Person Summer Internship Program Virtually

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By Dipeshwor Man Shrestha, Masters Student in STEM Education

Every year the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) employs 25-30 college and high-school student interns to work on engineering, design, and research projects. COVID-19 forced us to redesign our in-person internship program, finding ways to simulate activities like tinkering, design reviews, brainstorming and trouble shooting sessions, and coordinating the simultaneous and overlapping project development of more than 30 people and multiple strands of research and design.

Continue Reading September 16, 2020 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Dr. E’s Challenges: Summer 2020

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Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is pleased to announce that after taking a year hiatus, Dr. E’s Challenges has returned with two new and exciting challenges. Hearing from teachers, parents, and other educators a need for ideas and inspiration during this time of at-home and remote learning, we developed two LEGO-based challenges for this summer as part of a short pilot series (so let us know if you want more!). As these were both LEGO-based challenges, Dr. E’s Challenges is extremely excited that the team was able to collaborate with LEGO Education and utilize the new LEGO Education Community for hosting the challenges and submissions.

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