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Exploring Acid Bleed at the Conn-Selmer Facility in Elkhart, Indiana

By Walker Wind, Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) has a research project exploring a chemical reaction that occurs on some musical instruments called acid bleed. Walker Wind, CEEO Summer Intern and Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP) Fellow, has been working for CEEO this past summer on this project and recently went to the Vincent Bach instruments manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Indiana, for one week to learn about the manufacturing process in order to determine what causes the acid bleed. Read below to learn all about Walker Wind’s trip this summer. 


Continue Reading October 22, 2019 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

2019 Sustainability Champions Ceremony and Reception

by Jessica Echeverria, Undergraduate Operations Assistant

We are very pleased to announce the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) has received two distinctions at the 2019 Sustainability Champions Ceremony and Reception. Firstly, the CEEO has been recognized by the Office of Sustainability as a Platinum level green office! This recognition builds off the CEEO’s previous title as a Gold level green office. Our rise to Platinum is a reflection of continuous efforts to be an environmentally conscious, responsible workplace.


Continue Reading October 3, 2019 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

Summer 2019 at Tufts Center for Engineering and Education Outreach

by Anika Mody, Undergraduate Operations Assistant at CEEO

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) had a very busy summer over at 200 Boston Ave, Medford. We employed 30 undergraduates to work on various research projects funded by industry and government grants. Undergrads worked at the CEEO June through mid-August. We also ran ten Design and Engineering Workshops (DEW) for different grade ranges each week (1st-12th grade), we ran two teacher workshops and ran three different workshops for outside organizations. We are really proud of all the work that came out of Summer 2019 and we are excited to apply everything that happened in summer to the Fall 2019 semester and beyond. Read below to learn a little more about summer intern projects and summer DEW projects.


Continue Reading October 1, 2019 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

Research Abroad in New Zealand

by Sara Willner-Giwerc, Doctoral Student in Mechanical Engineering

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach’s (CEEO) doctoral student Sara Willner-Giwerc spent May 2019 in New Zealand as a visiting researcher at the University of Auckland.  She spent several weeks helping teachers and students with LEGO robotics and also running a LEGO Education conference with Professor Chris Rogers. Please read below to learn more about Sara’s work and her trip from her perspective.

Continue Reading September 17, 2019 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

CEEO Operations Team wins Distinction Award

by Merredith Portsmore, Director of CEEO

We are very excited the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) Operation Team has won a 2019 Tufts University TEAM Distinction Award. The Tufts Distinction Award is an award that recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of staff and faculty at Tufts and affirm Tufts shared values as a community. Winners are chosen by a Selection Committee of staff and faculty from across the university.

Continue Reading July 18, 2019 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

2019 ASEE Conference


Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) graduate students and faculty attended the 2019 Annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference this June in Tampa, FL. We were excited to have eleven conference papers accepted this year. Congratulations to Karen Miel for winning the Best Paper Award in the Pre-College Division. Below are the papers that were presented at ASEE this year.

Continue Reading July 9, 2019 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

Student Engineering Notebooks

By Libby Albanese, Thomas George, Elizabeth Moison, and Leah Sugrue, CEEO STOMPers


This year, we decided to try something new in our classrooms! We wanted to come up with a way to get students to document their work and be more purposeful about planning during our one hour, weekly STOMP session. We came up with the idea of engineering notebooks, which we would use in the classroom for students to keep all of their ideas in one place. Engineering notebooks were used as places for students to plan, ask questions, document their process through the engineering design process, learn new vocab and even answer reflection questions. Importantly, we also used them to give direct and personal feedback to every student on a weekly basis.

Continue Reading June 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm 3 comments

Making a Makerspace at the Maranyundo Girls School in Nyamata, Rwanda

by Sara Willner-Giwerc, Doctoral Student in Mechanical Engineering


In the spring of 2018 I took a course called The Global Educator from Professor Linda Beardsley. The course was focused on the education system of post-colonial Africa and the impact the colonization had in the educational system across the continent. Specifically, we studied the education system in Rwanda, a country with a complicated history and a rapidly developing school system. Professor Beardsley is also the head of the Education Committee for the Maranyundo Initiative, which helped start and now supports the Maranyundo Girls School (MGS). The Maranyundo Girls School is a high performing secondary boarding school in Rwanda providing a science and technology focused education for girls from across Rwanda. This private, secular school is located in the poorest district in Rwanda, which is where the highest percentage of their students come from. They currently enroll 400 girls from all over Rwanda, of which half receive scholarships. You can read more about MGS and the Maranyundo Initiative here.

Continue Reading June 10, 2019 at 11:51 am 1 comment

CEEO Spring 2019 Dissertations and Theses


Three graduate students working at Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) on engineering education research will be graduating this May 2019. Matt Mueller has been working with us since he was a freshman at Tufts. He took Merredith Portsmore’s freshman robotics course, started working for our Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP), then decided to stay and get his PhD in Engineering Education in Mechanical Engineering. Milan Dahal has been with us for two years working on his Masters in Human Factors Engineering while focusing on Makerspaces at a college level, an area we have not explored much here at CEEO. Milan has decided to continue working at CEEO for one more year as a staff member. Nicole Batrouny has been with us for 2 years. She just received her Masters in Mechanical engineering but will continue at Tufts to get her PhD. Her work has focused on collaborative decision making in K-12 classrooms. She will continue to do research at Tufts CEEO for professor Kristen Wendell. We are so proud of all of our graduating graduate students!

Continue Reading May 20, 2019 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

CEEO Seniors Q&A for 2019 Graduating Seniors


This spring, we graduated 10 amazing STOMP seniors. These students have been working with the CEEO since they were freshman and sophomores, and it has been incredibly rewarding to watch them grow into great STOMP teachers and leaders. Their hard work and dedication to STOMP has helped provide countless engineering experiences for young students in the local area. We also say goodbye to senior, Lily Hayes, who was instrumental in the CEEO day-to-day operations team. While we are sad to see them go, we can’t wait to see what they do next! Take a look at the below STOMPer profiles to learn more about these seniors and their future plans!

Continue Reading May 20, 2019 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

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