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Amanda Strawhacker
Doctoral Student in Child Study and Human Development
Contact Info:
200 Boston Avenue
Suite G810
Medford, MA 02155

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

Amanda is a Ph.D. student in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Her passion for educational tools and strategies in the digital age has informed her research on new technologies for early childhood. She has examined programming knowledge in Kindergarten children using LEGO and KIBO robotics kits, as well as served as the project coordinator for the ScratchJr research project, a collaboration between Tufts' DevTech Research Group and the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten Group. Now, Amanda is pursuing research on makerspaces and technology-rich play settings, seeking to identify best practices for promoting child-directed engineering and technology explorations for very young children.

M.A. in Child Study and Human Development, 2013
B.A. in Anthropology, Tufts University, 2011

CEEO Responsibilities:
Amanda is currently conducting research at the Billund Builds Music festival in 2015, as well as researching Maker Spaces with the International School of Billund in 2016. Both projects take place in Billund, Denmark, and seek to investigate the impact of Making on student motivation, problem solving, and creativity.