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STEAM Discovery Lab

By Sara Willner-Giwerc, Doctoral Student in Mechanical Engineering

Screen Shot 2019-02-13 at 9.17.33 AMThe STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Discovery Lab is one of Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach’s (CEEO) newest research projects.  On the surface, the STEAM Discovery Lab is a website dedicated to providing teachers with new and exciting ideas and resources for conducting hands-on activities in their classroom. The website provides teachers with inspiring lesson plans and activity ideas that they can tweak to best meet the needs of their students and subject area needs. The site also features activity ideas that combine different technologies in unconventional ways. For example, STEAM Discovery Lab has a library of examples for how teachers can combine LEGO bricks with craft materials, softwares, and other technologies to create unique learning experiences for their students! Check it out here: https://www.steamdiscoverylabbeta.com

Continue Reading March 7, 2019 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

CEEO in Thailand

By Elissa Milto, Director of Outreach

elissaIn October 2017, the Thai Ministry of Education visited the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) to learn about the Center and invited us to participate in the 2018 International Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Conference (ISMTEC). A year later on October 17th, Elissa Milto, CEEO Director of Outreach, traveled to Bangkok to present at the conference that was hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST). The following week, she led a two-day workshop for IPST staff at their center.

Continue Reading January 16, 2019 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

The Jack of All Trades

magee blogPhysics teacher, science department chair, and robotics coach, Pete Erbland recently got the chance to reflect on the breadth of engineering curriculum the Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP) helped him bring to the classroom. Pete not only found the program to help him expand his teaching repertoire but found it connected him to his students as he was once again thrown into the student role. First apprehensive about the online course format, Pete found this setup to actually enhance his learning. This class gave him the opportunity to connect with teachers from all around the world and collaborate on problems like “How much weight can a standard paper grocery bag hold?”; a question that he was later able to share with his students.

Continue Reading January 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

E-Team at the CEEO

By Laura Fradin, Educational Specialist

ETEAM craneHere at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), we are constantly testing new equipment and activities to teach engineering to kids. To help us, we need kids who are willing to try out the new tools and projects to see how well they work.  The E-TEAM consists of twenty students from third through fifth grades. These participants come to the CEEO once a month to help test new educational tools and curriculum for Tufts researchers. The students get a chance to participate in cutting-edge educational research and play with some cool new toys, and the researchers get concrete feedback from a group of enthusiastic and candid kids.

Continue Reading November 14, 2018 at 10:19 pm Leave a comment

Digital Big Band 2018

By William Church, CEEO Collaborator

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From September 17th through the 21st I traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to attend and present at the Digital Big Bang 2018 conference.  My visit was hosted by LEGO Education and their partners, Gammaco. The conference was part tech trade show and part education expo.  It was all future facing. There were events, booths, and presentations related to Big Data, IOT, Artificial Intelligence, as well as transportation, homes and cities of the future.  There were robotics and coding events for kids and teachers. There were drone races and start-up business competitions.

Continue Reading November 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

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.

Continue Reading September 25, 2018 at 10:09 am Leave a 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.

 

Continue Reading July 31, 2018 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

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.

Continue Reading July 26, 2018 at 12:39 pm 1 comment

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.

 

Continue Reading July 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

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.

Continue Reading May 16, 2018 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

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