Karen Miel

Karen Miel

617-627-5888
200 Boston Avenue, Suite G810
Medford, MA
Research/Areas of Interest:

Karen's research considers emerging engineering engagement in PreK-5 settings and ways in which teachers can promote PreK-5 students' identities as capable scientists and engineers.

Education

MS Elementary Education, Wheelock College
BS Plant Science, Cornell University

Biography

Karen has worked as a classroom teacher and in leadership positions in children's science museums. As Director of Research and Innovation and Director of Strategic Initiatives for CuriOdyssey and as Education Director for the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, she focused on science outreach to schools, visitor engagement, and collaborative partnerships. Previously, she taught 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 8th grades in California public schools, including a science magnet school and a magnet school for gifted and talented youth. Her passion for science education started at the Museum of Science, where she taught public science demonstrations, at times involving alligators, lasers, or liquid nitrogen.
 

Research Interests:
Karen's research considers emerging engineering engagement in PreK-5 settings and ways in which teachers can promote PreK-5 students' identities as capable scientists and engineers.

Selected Publications and Presentations

(Forthcoming) Miel, K. (2017). Elementary Students' Positioning and Engagement in an Engineering Activity. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Learning Sciences Graduate Students Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Fu, L.i, Wendell, K., and Miel, K. (2017, June). Student Perceptions of Abundance: A Case Study of Two Classrooms Using the Portable Maker Workshop. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, San Francisco, CA.