The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science Dean's Lecture Series
The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science Dean’s Lecture Series brings STEM innovators and thought leaders together with students and faculty to share wisdom, inspire discovery, and nurture an entrepreneurial spirit to help build a prominent school of engineering and science.
2024 Dean's Special Lecture
LEGO Engineering from Kindergarten to College: A 30-year Journey of Student-Driven Learning
Chris Rogers, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
In this talk, Dr. Rogers will explore how we can use research from the learning sciences to change how and what we teach in engineering, from kindergarten to graduate school. He will also discuss the balance of learning what others think versus learning to think for oneself. Most importantly, he will show many pictures of what students of all ages have built when they were given a chance to engineer — building everything from robotic animals and puppets to jousting knights and robots that play musical instruments.
About the Speaker
Chris Rogers is a professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts, where he has been for at least a million years. During that time, he has done research in many different areas—from particle-laden turbulence for the NSF to wafer polishing for Intel to musical instrument engineering for Steinway and Sons to engineering education for the NSF and LEGO (and a few other places). His most impressive accomplishments to date have been flying more than 700 parabolas on NASA’s vomit comet without getting sick, teaching his grandson to say “robot” before “mama”, and convincing his granddaughters to cause havoc whenever possible.
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