Amanda is the Associate Director of the Early Childhood Technology (ECT) Graduate Certificate Program at Tufts University’s Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Her work involves teaching, developing curriculum, and professional development around educational technology. Prior to her role at ECT, Amanda was a Ph.D. student at the DevTech Research Group. She has contributed to the research and development of several technologies including the ScratchJr programming app, the KIBO robotics kit, the Early Childhood Makerspace at Tufts, and most recently the CRISPEE bioengineering kit. CRISPEE is part of a collaboration between DevTech and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Wellesley College. Currently, Amanda’s research focuses on engaging children in playful learning about bioengineering and bioethics, and supporting in-service educators and adults in fostering children’s early STEM experiences.
Amanda is a triple-Jumbo who finished her B.A. in Biological Anthropology at Tufts in 2011 and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development at Eliot-Pearson in 2020. She is a two-time winner of the Eliot-Pearson Research-Practice Integration Award, and was a speaker with TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet on her research with bioengineering in early childhood. Her interests include child-computer interaction, developmentally appropriate technology, computational thinking, and young children’s creative problem solving strategies.