DevTech Programs


The DevTech Research Group at Tufts University offers a number of opportunities for educators, administrators, children, families, parents, and students alike! For educators we offer professional development workshops in the summer months, as well as at various events we attend throughout the year. Additionally, we proudly launched the Early Childhood Technology (ECT) Certificate Program, designed for educators and practitioners working with young children in pre-kindergarten through second grade in diverse educational settings such as schools, museums, libraries, and daycares. The program will develop students’ knowledge and skills in technology and engineering with a focus on early childhood. We hold weeks of summer programs with hands-on exposure to different developmental technologies for young children, led by experienced DevTech members! Furthermore, the DevTech Research Group employs Tufts University students, giving them the opportunity to work in a collaborative, creative environment. Check out the links below to see what's happening at DevTech now!

New Graduate Certificate Program in Early Childhood Technology!

The newly launched Early Childhood Technology (ECT) certificate program is designed for educators and practitioners working with young children in pre-kindergarten through second grade in diverse educational settings such as schools, museums, libraries, and daycares. The program will develop students’ knowledge and skills in technology and engineering with a focus on early childhood.

DevTech Summer Programs


Looking for a summer camp that is both educational and fun? Members from the DevTech Research Group will be running several exciting half-day camps during the summer of 2018! Our camps are open to children entering K-3rd grade.

Session 1: July 30- August 3, 2018; 9 AM-12:30 PM; $215 per child
Choose from: ScratchJr or KIBO Robotics

Session 2: August 6 - 10, 2017; 9 AM-12:30 PM; $215 per child
Choose from: ScratchJr, KIBO Robotics, or Bioengineering

More about KIBO: The KIBO robot is a developmentally appropriate robotics kit created by the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University. KIBO was designed specifically for children ages 4-7 and is a no-screen programming platform that allows children to program, play, decorate, and create! KIBO is an award-winning robotics set backed by decades of research and is widely and internationally recognized. KIBO can help your child get an early start on mastering robotics and will give them the skills needed for computer programming. In fact, last summer this KIBO camp was featured in the New York Times!

More about ScratchJr: ScratchJr is a free graphical programming app designed to teach foundational programming skills to young children ages 5-7. ScratchJr was designed by the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University and MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group. Currently, ScratchJr has over 9.5 million downloads and is one of the most prominent children’s coding apps. In ScratchJr children can program their own stories and games by generating code for their characters. Children become the engineers of their own stories and are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively!

More about Bioengineering: In the Bioengineering camp children will spend a week exploring DNA, biology, and genetics using a new tangible coding prototype! Children will explore natural phenomena like glowing "bioluminescent" animals, and will learn about how DNA codes for these amazing features. Then they will use our novel CRISPEE technology, a tangible kit for young children designed in collaboration between the Devtech Research Group at Tufts University and Wellesley HCI Lab, to creatively engineer their own solutions to real-world problems. CRISPEE is designed for children ages 5-7 to learn about genetic engineering while also enhancing their sequencing and coding abilities. In this special camp session, children will play with a fun, novel science tool, learn about cutting-edge biology research, and participate in DevTech's ongoing research to develop new technologies for early childhood! For more information about this camp, please contact Ph.D. student Amanda Strawhacker (amanda.strawhacker@tufts.edu).

Questions? Please email melissa.viezel@tufts.edu. We hope to see you this summer!

 



DevTech Summer Professional Development




DevTech will be running a two-day professional development workshop on July 24-25, 2017, which coincides with the Scratch conference held at MIT later in the week. The program runs from 9am-3pm with lunch provided. Our PD is open to educators and practitioners working with young children in pre-K through second grade. At the PD you will get a hands-on learning experience using different programming technologies for young children such as ScratchJr and KIBO. Sign up today, spots tend to fill up quickly!

Questions? Please email melissa.viezel@tufts.edu. We hope to see you this summer!