Research currently being conducted at the CEEO revolves around its core of graduate students who are part of the Math, Science, Technology, and Engineering (MSTE) Education program at Tufts University. The overarching focus of all the graduate students' projects is improving technological literacy for all ages at all levels of education, including teachers themselves. The CEEO typically has five to ten active research projects at any given time, the majority of which are funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF).
History and Growth
In order to formally provide data about the efficacy of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning activities, the CEEO formally established its educational research division in 2004. This launch coincided with the founding of the MSTE program within the department of education at Tufts, which in 2003 had begun accepting master's and Ph.D. track students to delve into rigorous education research.
Tufts University is just one of a few universities in the U.S. that has an Engineering Education program, and is the only university in the U.S. that has an Engineering Education program focusing heavily on the primary-school-age group.
The CEEO and the MSTE program celebrated its first doctoral graduate student in February 2009, and will continue to hood students over the next several years as well as publish the graduates' research results on the impact of engineering education on the student, teacher, and curricula.