LEGO Engineering Symposium 2011

John Heffernan - Rewards and ChallengesThe LEGO Engineering Symposium is an annual gathering at Tufts University of educators, researchers, curriculum developers and other educational stakeholder who are looking to advance the state of K-16 education using hands-on tools.

LEGO Engineering Symposium 2011 focused on pushing the envelope of what’s possible with new ways of thinking about student thinking, new ways of integrating and scaffolding engineering design, and new software tools.

Tuesday presentations

Download Tuesday AM presentations (ZIP) containing selections from…

  • David Hammer – A view of science
  • John Heffernan – Rewards and Challenges
  • Merredith Portsmore – Symposium introduction
  • Pernille France – Pushing the envelope of engagement
  • Rob Linsalata – Universal Robotics API (URAPI)
  • Marcelo Molina – Robotics Education as a Tool to Help Change Developing Countries: Brazil’s Perspective

Wednesday presentations

Download Wednesday AM presentations (ZIP) containing…

  • Christopher Wright – Spontaneouse Representations
  • Steve Hassenplug – Pushing the Limits of LEGO Mindstorms
  • Jacob Foster – Analytical Thinking
  • Liz Gundersen and Sandy Jones

Download Wednesday PM presentations (ZIP) containing…

  • Andy Bell – The Green City Challenge
  • Biswanath Samanta – Swarm Intelligence
  • Ethan Danahy – Next CEEO Developments

Thursday presentations

Download Thursday AM presentations (ZIP) containing…

  • Damien Kee – Why you don’t need a programming degree to teach robotics
  • Kristen Wendell – Comparing Curriculum on Sound
  • Ray Hsu – Science and Engineering They Can DIG


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The Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) in Boston, Massachusetts, is dedicated to improving engineering education in the classroom, from Kindergarten to college. The Center houses faculty, staff, and graduate students from engineering disciplines and the education department.

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