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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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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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