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The Symbiotics System: Designing an Internet of Things Platform for Elementary School Students

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is excited to share Sara Willner-Giwerc, Chris Rogers, and Kristen Wendell of Tufts University just had a paper published in the International Journal of Design for Learning, “The Symbiotics System: Designing an Internet of Things Platform for Elementary School Students”.


Continue Reading May 31, 2020 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

CEEO Summer Workshops

This summer Tufts CEEO quickly adjusted to the changing times and created our first ever online workshops. In our online workshops, we will emphasize social interactions just as much as engineering. We hope that students will feel a connection to their classmates as well as the instructor and teaching assistant. All of our workshops will revolve around open-ended, engineering design challenges.


Continue Reading May 28, 2020 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Novel Engineering

By Elissa Milto, Director of Outreach

This past April, Tufts CEEO’s first book was published — Novel Engineering, K-8: An Integrated Approach to Engineering and Literacy — by NSTA Press! The book, a collaboration between CEEO members past and present, was an exciting way for the authors to reconnect and synthesize research and lessons learned during the research portion of the project that was funded by the National Science Foundation. Tufts CEEO gets numerous requests for Novel Engineering professional development (PD) from schools around the world, but is not able to work with everyone who requests PD. In an effort to help interested teachers, authors Elissa Milto, Merredith Portsmore, Jessica Watkins, Mary McCormick, and Morgan Hynes, who all worked on the research behind Novel Engineering, created this book so teachers who cannot work directly with the CEEO are able to understand how to do Novel Engineering with their students.

Continue Reading May 28, 2020 at 9:34 am 2 comments

5 Minute Classroom

by Sara Willner-Giwerc, Doctoral Student in Mechanical Engineering

5 Minute Classroom is a collaboration between the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, White Mountain Science Inc., and FaceFront to create a video series for teachers by an amazing expert teacher (the one and only Bill Church) with the purpose of inspiring making in classrooms. Our goal is to share unique open-ended making projects and classroom hacks in the form of short (5 minutes or less) videos. Rooted in the belief that learning should involve play, iteration, experimentation, failure, and joy, we developed these videos with the hope of inspiring teachers and students alike to make something awesome happen in their classrooms.

Continue Reading May 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Check in With STOMP Alum

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by Melissa Moore, 2016 STOMP Alum

My freshman year, like many other students, I was looking for a job and found an advertisement for a job that involved working with kids and playing with LEGO. I enjoyed both of those activities, so I sent in an application to be a STOMP fellow at Tufts CEEO. I felt supremely underqualified, considering I was majoring in Psychology as well as Peace and Justice Studies and the position was through a center in the School of Engineering. Regardless, I somehow got the job. That first semester, I learned that this job was so much more than teaching engineering.

Continue Reading March 23, 2020 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

“Prime” Time for New Robotics!

by Alison Earnheart, Outreach Support

LEGO Education launched its new SPIKE Prime robotics system in January 2020 and Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) was thrilled to have our students be among the very first to explore it the following month! Offering cutting edge technological experiences paired with research-backed teaching methods is our specialty, and it was a real treat for us to introduce this brand-new product so soon after its availability

Continue Reading March 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

SNAPR – Snap, Narrate, Auto Post and Reflect

by Dipeshwor Man Shrestha, Master’s Student in STEM Education

SNAPR – Snap, Narrate, Auto Post and Reflect is a tool that lets students capture and populate their e-portfolios automatically. In making/engineering, there is an emphasis on the final product and the ‘in-between’ stages are often ignored. We hope SNAPR will help students reflect on the ‘in-between’ stages and encourage them to share stories of the processes that led to the final product.


Continue Reading January 21, 2020 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

STOMP Fall 2019


By Elissa Milto, Director of Outreach

Each year STOMP sends pairs of Tufts students into classrooms to bring engineering to local students. Each pair is partnered with a teacher and meets with those students twenty to twenty-five times over the school year. The STOMP cohort this year consists of forty-five STOMP fellows from the School of Engineering (29 fellows) and the School of Arts and Sciences (16 fellows) with majors ranging from mechanical engineering to biology to education. Each STOMP fellow brings their excitement about engineering and teaching to their classrooms and to the STOMP program as a whole.

Continue Reading January 7, 2020 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

Designing Biomimetic Robots


by Fay Shaw, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Designing Biomimetic Robots is an NSF-funded project that is a collaboration between Tufts CEEO and TERC. Together, we have designed an interdisciplinary curriculum for middle school students that combines biology, engineering, and computer science and is aligned with the NGSS.  Students are tasked with building a robot that digs in a simulated earthquake scenario. They study digging animals and their adaptations to then design a robot that is biomimetic (bio-inspired). This project is in its third and final year and we are implementing our curriculum in nine schools in New England including 13 teachers who are teaching 400 students.

Continue Reading January 7, 2020 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

2019 Haunted House in Nolop Makerspace


By Amelia Becker, CEEO Undergraduate Intern

The Second Annual Nolop Makerspace Haunted House took place on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019. Sponsored by the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), Nolop Makerspace, and the School of Engineering (SOE), the haunted house featured a wide collection of student-made interactive exhibits. These spooky machines were made by students in Professor Ethan Danahy’s Simple Robotics class (Intro to Engineering course), Tufts Robotics Club, Tufts Make Club, and more.

Continue Reading December 17, 2019 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

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