Kristen Wendell awarded the 2019 School of Engineering Faculty Mentoring Award

04/26/2019 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - 21st Annual Graduate Awards Presentation for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering (Paul Rutherford for Tufts University)

Kristen Wendell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, is the recipient of the School of Engineering’s Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award, as well as the Recognition of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award. We are also excited to announce that Kristen Wendell has received tenure!


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Research Study – Looking for Teacher Participants


Please pass this study information on to colleagues who may be interested in participating.

Researchers at the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach are seeking K-12 teachers and educators who are at least 18 years old and live in North America to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to examine how educators use online resources to support STEM activities in their classrooms.

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Novel Engineering Conference in St. Louis, Missouri this June 2019


Join us for the first
Novel Engineering Conference in St. Louis!

Novel Engineering is a project based out of Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) that uses classroom literature – stories, novels, and expository texts – as the basis for engineering design challenges that help them identify problems, design realistic solutions, and engage in the Engineering Design Process while reinforcing their literacy skills.

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Recent Publications by Kristen Wendell

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by Amelia Becker, CEEO Undergraduate Operations Assistant

The Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach’s (CEEO) own Kristen Wendell, in collaboration with CEEO students and UMass Boston collaborators, has recently published two new studies focusing on engineering design in the elementary school setting. The process of engineering design involves utilizing and constructing new knowledge, through “disciplinary ways of knowing, doing, talking, reading, and writing”. Engineering design is becoming increasingly prevalent in schools, but research on how to support children’s creation of engineering knowledge in these settings is still taking place. In these studies, Wendell looks at the tools and teaching approaches used to facilitate the engineering design process.

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We Want to Make Free Toys!

By Fatima Rahman, Master’s Student in STEM Education

image1Community-connected engineering workshop engages fourth-graders in designing for their own community

Being an engineer is a powerful concept – one that encourages us to embrace our ideas and bring them to life by finding creative and practical solutions to accomplish our goals. Engineers define goals and then they trust themselves to investigate, tinker, fail, and persist in finding ways to meet them. In a small slum community in Lahore, Pakistan, fourth-graders decided making free toys for themselves and their community was a goal they cared about. Many students from this class came from families that worked as rag-pickers (rag-pickers salvage reusable or recyclable materials thrown away by others to sell for income). The school in this community was run by a non-government organization that hoped to uplift the entire community through educating its children.

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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:

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Design and Engineering Workshops (DEW) Registration Now Open for Summer 2019

by Laura Fradin, Education Specialist
Screen Shot 2019-02-11 at 1.23.05 PMThe Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) offers Design and Engineering Workshops (DEW) for students K-12. These workshops are single session after school and weekend workshops. We also offer week-long school break and summer workshops with a variety of different themes. Our workshop programs are designed to give students the opportunity to learn about the engineering design process through a series of fun, hands-on building activities. Each summer workshop theme engages students in creative problem solving, and client-centered design.

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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.

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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.

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A Look at Novel Engineering in a Classroom

By Becky Cogbill, 4th Grade Teacher in Medford Public Schools

Picture1I started my journey with Novel Engineering through the course offered by Tufts. I was a relative newcomer to teaching engineering and eager to learn how to do so effectively. Novel Engineering represented a large shift from my original approach. I had to let go of a lot of my structure and idea about what I should get as an end result. Instead, we focused on the process and thinking critically about decisions throughout.


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