Educators gather to tackle challenges of K-12 engineering education

Tufts University to host LEGO® Education Symposium and Tufts STEM Education Conference

Children construct robotic arms from legos at the Center for Engineering Education at Tufts University. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE (June 4, 2018)—Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) will host the bi-annual LEGO® Education Symposium and its Tufts STEM Education Conference from June 5-7 on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus, part of its longstanding and ongoing efforts to improve engineering education in kindergarten through college classrooms.

The two combined events will bring together teachers and education administrators from 29 countries to discover best practices, explore how kids learn through play, and share ideas with each other about teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).   The CEEO brings together researchers from multiple engineering departments at Tufts, as well as faculty from other areas of the university including education, child development, chemistry, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.

Children build robotic arm at CEEO at Tufts University (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University).Children build robotic arm at CEEO at Tufts University (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University).

“The LEGO Education Symposium and STEM Education Conference provide a dynamic space for leading educators and researchers to collaborate on equipping teachers with the necessary tools and structure for effective and engaging STEM education,” said Merredith Portsmore, director of the CEEO, part of the School of Engineering at Tufts University. “Supporting amazing educators is a vital component to developing the next generation of innovators. We aim to give kids the ability to think independently and creatively, to work collaboratively, and to turn their visions into reality.”

To view the event schedules, click here. For more information about participating, visit the event website.

As part of the LEGO Education Symposium, LEGO Education and the CEEO will award 2018 LEGO Education Teacher Awards to 27 educators, from as close as Florida and as far as China, who will have an opportunity to showcase their work. The award recognizes elementary and middle school teachers who have incorporated LEGO Education solutions into their classrooms to achieve learning outcomes across subjects while engaging students with hands-on learning experiences.

Girls engineering workshop on robotics at the CEEO at Tufts University (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University).Girls engineering workshop on robotics at the CEEO at Tufts University (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million positions between 2012 and 2022, an increase of about 1 million jobs over 2012 employment levels.


About Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO):

A leader in improving education through engineering for K-12 and university classrooms, Tufts CEEO is distinguished because of its emphasis on bringing research to practice in the classroom to transform learning for students and teachers. Housed within Tufts School of Engineering, it is the first and one of the most active K-12 engineering education research center in the United States. The Center conducts education research on understanding how kids and adults learn engineering and engineering research on developing new tools and technologies for learning. Tufts CEEO collaborates with a number of companies to bring these tools into the classroom and work with teachers around the world to further support the teacher-user community. An interdisciplinary center, Tufts CEEO includes researchers, faculty, staff and graduate students from engineering disciplines and the education department.

About Tufts University

Tufts University, located on campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.

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