This project is developing and testing curriculum materials and a professional development model designed to explore the potential for introducing engineering concepts in grades 3 - 5 through design challenges based on stories in popular children's literature. The research team hypothesizes that professional development for elementary teachers using an interdisciplinary method for combining literature with engineering design challenges will increase the implementation of engineering in 3-5 classrooms and have positive impacts on students.
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Elissa Milto began working with the Center for Engineering and Education Outreach at Tufts University in 1999 while she was a classroom teacher at a local school. The following year she entered Tufts as a graduate student at the Center, taking classes in engineering and education, and received a M.Ed in 2002. Elissa is particularly interested in bringing engineering to elementary students and does this through her work at Tufts and her children's classrooms. Elissa runs CEEO programs related to informal education and professional development.