Summer job available

Princeton students: looking for a summer job? Like Legos? PEEK is looking for a full-time summer intern to work with local teachers to develop curricula for teaching engineering concepts in elementary schools. The position would involve experimenting with Lego contraptions that illustrate particular concepts, meeting with local teachers, writing lesson plans for classrooms, and possibly helping with a summer program to teach engineering concepts to elementary school teachers.

If you are interested or would like more information, contact Prof. Rowley.

Upcoming Events

Princeton students

Want to participate in any of these? Email The PEEK Officers.

Parents/teachers

Want us to do an event at your school? Email Clancy Rowley.

Overview of PEEK

PEEK is a program through which undergraduate students have the opportunity to visit elementary school classrooms and teach children basic principles of engineering using LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits. In addition to visiting classrooms, PEEK hosts educational events for various campus groups and runs a workshop for children of alumni during alumni weekend. PEEK also holds Engineering Nights for elementary school children, where children are given the opportunity to design a LEGO robot to meet a particular challenge. PEEK's general goals as an organization are: PEEK was started in 2003 by Kristin Bethke and Jim McQuade (both '03), inspired by a similar program run by Chris Rogers at Tufts University. Thanks to a generous gift from Princeton's Center for Innovation in Engineering Education (CIEE), and the Center for Engineering Educational Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University, we now have 24 Lego Mindstorms kits which we can use for these activities.

Curricula

The following links are for curricula we have used at Riverside Elementary School (2004-5), developed by Roz Echols and Jen Lewellen, based largely on material from the CEEO at Tufts.

Recent Events

Contact Information

If you are interested in being a member of PEEK and volunteering to visit classrooms or help out with engineering nights, please send email to Josh Israel and Jane Yang.

If you are a parent or a teacher, and are interested in having PEEK come to your school for an event, please send email to Clancy Rowley.

Current officers:

PEEK is made possible by the generous support of Princeton's Center for Innovation in Engineering Education (CIEE), the Center for Engineering Educational Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University, and the National Science Foundation.