LEGOEngineering: How a Little Plastic is Changing K-16 Engineering Education ( More about this event )
Speaker: Chris Rogers, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Location: Computer Science Auditorium 105
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Over the last 15 years, members of the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach have been working with LEGO Education to bring engineering to all students through LEGO Mindstorms. I will talk about the education theory behind the product, highlighting some of our joint research efforts to understand how the brain acquires, retains, and accesses engineering knowledge. I will then show what kids all over the world have engineered - from kindergarten to graduate school. It has been exciting to see students around the world (from China to New Zealand to Luxembourg to South Africa) all learning to stop following directions and to start engineering. I will end with a demo of the new LEGO robot - the ev3 - due out later this year. I recommend bringing your kids (and I recommend they bring their latest LEGO invention).
This event is sponsored by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Keller Center.