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Mary McCormick
Doctoral Student in STEM Education

Contact Info:
200 Boston Avenue
Suite G810
Medford, MA 02155

Phone: 617-627-5888
Fax: 617-627-4760
Email

Biography:
Mary received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2006, and her M.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts in 2008. While working as a Geotechnical Engineering Consultant, Mary realized that she wanted to pursue her Ph.D. in STEM Education and has since been involved in various research projects at both undergraduate and K-12 levels.

Education:
B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2006
M.S. in Civil Engineering, Tufts University, 2008

Research Interests:
Mary is currently researching how children engage in engineering design during Novel Engineering design activities. In a Novel Engineering activity, elementary students engineer solutions to help fictional characters overcome problems in stories. For some students, the activity supports their engagement in engineering reasoning and acting: they design solutions to meet fictional clients' needs while adhering to the setting constraints. For others, however, the open-endedness of the task may enable them to engage in other types of activities, such as imagining fantastical solutions or treating the task like a graded homework assignment. Mary's research involves exploring the complex dynamics of student engagement in Novel Engineering activities to understand the nuanced and idiosyncratic ways in which students act like beginning engineers.

CEEO Responsibilities:
Mary works on the Novel Engineering project and is involved in professional development efforts and kids' engineering camps.

Publications:

  • McCormick, M., Lawyer, K., Wiggins, J., Swan, C., Paterson, K., and Bielefeldt, A. (2014). "Sustainable Engineering Assessment Using Rubric-Based Analysis of Challenge Question Responses." J. Prof. Issues Eng. Educ. Pract., 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000211 , C4014002.
  • McCormick, M., Bielefeldt, A., Paterson, K, & Swan, C. (in review). Assessing Students' Motivation to Engage in Sustainable Engineering. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
  • McCormick, M. (2014). Engineering for Colonial Times. Proceedings from Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference and Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN.
  • McCormick, M., Wendell, K., O'Connell, B. (2014). Student Videos as a Tool for Elementary Teacher Development in Teaching Engineering: What Do Teachers Notice? Proceedings from Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference and Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN.
  • McCormick, M., & Hammer, D. (2014). The Beginnings of Engineering Design in an Integrated Engineering and Literacy Task. Proceedings from the International Conference of the Learning Sciences Annual Conference, Boulder, CO.
  • McCormick, M. & Hynes, M. (2012). Engineering in a Fictional World: Early Findings from Integrating Engineering and Literacy. Proceedings from Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference and Exhibition, Texas.
  • McCormick, M., Lawyer, K., Berlin, M., Swan, C., Paterson, K., Bielefeldt, A., Wiggins, J. (2010). Sustainable Engineering via Service Learning: Preparing students to overcome future challenges, Proceedings of 117th Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Louisville, KY.
  • McCormick, M., Swan, C., Matson, D., Gute., Durant, J. (2008). Enhancing Engineering Education: Learning to solve problems through service-learning projects. Proceedings of 115th Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • McCormick, M., Swan, C., Matson, D. (2008). Reading between the Lines: Evaluating self-assessments of skills acquired during an international service-learning project. Proceedings of 115th Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • McCormick, M., Swan, C., Gute, D., Matson, D. (2008). Expanding the College Classroom: Developing Engineering Skills through Project-Based Service-Learning. Proceedings of the World Environment and Water Congress, 2008, Honolulu, HI.
  • Portsmore, M. Watkins, J. & McCormick, M. (2012). Planning, Drawing, and Elementary School Students in an Integrated Engineering and Literacy Activity. 2nd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Washington, D.C.
  • Swan, C., McCormick, M. (2009). ABET Outcomes via Project-Based Service Learning Attributes: Assessment via successful intelligence. Proceedings of 116th Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Austin, TX.

Invited Presentations and Speeches
Hammer, D., & McCormick, M. The complex dynamics of how students frame what they're doing. Keynote Presentation at the 2nd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Washington, D.C.

"The Beginnings of Engineering in an Integrated Engineering and Literacy Task," (2013). STEM Education Presentation Series, Tufts University.

"Educate to Innovate: Increasing the Participation and Performance of Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math through Children's Literature (K-8)," (2012). Invited Speaker for Aquidneck Collaborative for Education: Critical Issues in Education, Newport, Rhode Island.

Invited to give Welcoming Address to all incoming/prospective students and alumni events and receptions:
Tufts University, 2008, 2009, 2010
University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010