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Research

Past Projects

Engineering Inquiry for All at Nedlam's Workshop
PI Brian Gravel, Co-PIs Ben Shapiro and Chris Rogers
Nedlam's Workshop is a makerspace at Malden High School, supported by the National Science Foundation. We are collaborating with MHS to develop the space, which includes digital technologies such as 3D printers and Arduino microcontrollers, as a resource for the school and community. It is also a site for our research on how making can help all students succeed in school: How do students learn in a makerspace, and how might their experiences there affect their identities and experiences in the rest of their academic program?
Novel Engineering ("Integrating Engineering and Literacy")
Chris Rogers, David Hammer and Merredith Portsmore
Novel Engineering is a five year project at the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and funded by the National Science Foundation, working with area elementary school teachers to incorporate engineering into classwork around children's literature. Children identify problems and design solutions for the fictional "clients" in stories they are reading for class. Our research concerns various aspects of learning and teaching in this project, cutting across literacy and engineering education.
Poincaré Institute for Mathematics Education
Montserrat Teixidor-i-Bigas, David W. Carraher and Analúcia Schliemann
The Poincaré Institute brings together expertise from mathematics, mathematics education, and physics to help teachers deepen and broaden their understanding of middle school mathematics. Rather than re-teach the mathematics that the teachers already know or offer a set of pre-packaged lessons, the Institute offers them a broad, unified framework to re-envision the mathematics they already teach. The mathematical focus of the Institute is algebra and the mathematics of functions.
Prison Knowledge Production and Schooling
Sabina Vaught
This set of research projects includes ethnography of institutions, policies, archives, and epistolary engagements. The inquiry focuses on the mechanisms of counter-insurgent state punishment and insurgent knowledge in schooling and prison, particularly through systemic and cultural dimensions of race and gender. The interplay of the state, law, private spheres, and public spheres form the analytical nexus of these projects.
SiMSAM
Brian Gravel and Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde
SiMSAM (PIs Wilkerson-Jerde & Gravel, either is fine to contact): Simulation, Measurement, and Stop Action Moviemaking (SiMSAM) explores how middle school students reason about physical phenomena using modeling and simulation technologies. Our goal is build a tool that allows students to move back and forth between formats to create, share and test their own and each others' scientific models.