Chelsea Andrews

Chelsea Andrews

200 Boston Avenue, Suite G810
Medford, MA


PhD in Engineering Education, Tufts University, 2017
MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2012
BS in Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008


Dr. Chelsea Andrews is a Research Assistant Professor at Tufts CEEO, where her primary research involves investigating students’ engagement in engineering design through in-depth case study analysis. In her research at the K-8 level, she develops and studies community-connected, integrated science and engineering curricula, focusing on crafting instructional strategies and scaffolds to support students in constructing engineering knowledge alongside engineering products. In the K-16 space, she investigates classroom approaches and lessons to develop students’ sociotechnical reasoning. She teaches undergraduate engineering courses and courses for pre- and in-service K-12 teachers. She completed her PhD in the Tufts STEM Education program where she focused on elementary students’ experiences with physical failure of their designs. Prior to switching to education research, Chelsea studied environmental fluid mechanics and coastal engineering, specifically looking at wave-current boundary layer interactions. 

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Wendell, K., C. J. Andrews, C. J., & P. Paugh (in press). Supporting Knowledge Construction in Elementary Engineering Design. Science Education.
  • Andrews, C.J., K. Wendell, T. Dalvi, N. Batrouny, F. Rahman, & R. Londhe (2019, June). Revising ConnecTions in the Making to Improve Equity and Sustainability. Paper to be presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada.
  • Wendell, K., Andrews, C.J., & Paugh, P. (2018, June). Multimodal engineering design notebooks and meta-representational competence. Poster presented at the International Conference on the Learning Sciences, London, UK.
  • Andrews, C. J. (2017). Elementary Students' Engagement in Failure-prone Engineering Design Tasks. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Tufts University, Medford, MA.
  • Wendell, K. & C. J. Andrews,(2017, April). Multimedia Notebook Cards in Support of Engineering Design Practices and Disciplinary Discourse in Elementary School. Presented at the 90th Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), San Antonio, TX.
  • Wendell, K. & C. J. Andrews,(2017, June). Elementary Student Engagement with Digital Engineering Notebook Cards (Fundamental). Proceedings of the 124th Annual American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH.
  • Andrews, C. J. and Wendell, K. (2016, August). Designing a digital notebooking tool to support disciplinary Discourse in elementary engineering, Presented at the 3rd P-12 Design and Engineering Summit, Chicago, IL.
  • Andrews, C. J. (2016, June). Failure and idea evolution in an elementary engineering workshop, Proceedings of the 123rd Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Andrews, C. J. (2016, April). "Can I see if this fails?": Positioning during an elementary engineering design task, Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, D.C.
  • Wilkerson, M. H., C. Andrews, Y. Shaban, L. Vasiliki, & B. Gravel. (2016). What's the Technology For? Teacher Attention and Pedagogical Goals in a Modeling-Focused Professional Development Workshop. Journal of Science Teacher Education, (), 1-23.
  • Wilkerson-Jerde, M. H., B. E. Gravel, C. Andrews, & Y. Shaban. (2015, April). Teacher attention and pedagogical goals in a computational modeling-focused professional development workshop. Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.
  • Andrews, C. J. (2014). Physical testing in an elementary engineering camp, Proceedings of 121st Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Andrews, C. J. (2014). Importance of failure in children's Engineering design tasks, Presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, San Francisco, CA.