Amanda is the Associate Director of the Early Childhood Technology (ECT) Graduate Certificate Program and a Postdoctoral Researcher with the DevTech Research Group. She has worked with DevTech for nine years, having completed her Master’s and Ph.D. in the Eliot-Pearson Dept. of Child Study & Human Development at Tufts University. During her time at Devtech she has worked on a range of research projects, but primarily contributed to research and development of the KIBO Robotics Kit, a robotics kit specifically designed for young children.
Amanda’s research focuses on exploring how young children develop gender stereotypes toward STEM fields and developing strategies, tools, and curricula to engage more girls in STEM. She has been interviewed by WIRED magazine on her research on engaging girls with robotics and has also been a guest writer on EdWeek on breaking gender stereotypes through early exposure to tech. Learn more about Amanda’s research on gender and robotics with DevTech here.
Amanda is the co-creator of the ScratchJr Coding Cards (No Starch Press) and the author of the upcoming book Breaking the STEM Stereotype: Reaching Girls in Early Childhood (Rowman & Littlefield) to be released later this year. Follow Amanda’s Amazon Author page to stay up to date with news on her work!
In addition to her work at DevTech and ECT, Amanda has co-taught multiple courses at the Tufts Experimental College. Amanda is the recipient of numerous awards from Tufts including: the Eliot-Pearson Research Practice Integration award (2012), a two-time winner of the GSA Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Studies award (2012 and 2014), and the First Prize Winner in the Tufts Postdoctoral Research Poster Competition (2017). She was also an Honorable Mention recipient in the 2018 Tufts Teaching with Technology Awards for her work teaching online in the ECT Program.