Dr. Cathy Lachapelle is the director of research and evaluation for EiE. She leads the assessment efforts for the EiE curriculum, designing assessment instruments, pilot and field testing them, and conducting research on how children use the EiE materials. She has worked on a number of research and evaluation projects related to K-16 STEM education, including the Women's Experiences in College Engineering (WECE) study of factors influencing the persistence of undergraduate women in engineering schools. She is particularly interested in how students learn science, engineering, and mathematics through collaborative interaction and through scaffolded experiences engaging in disciplinary practices. Cathy received her S.B. in cognitive science from MIT, and her Ph.D. in psychological studies in education from Stanford University.
Muhammad Shams is a research and evaluation associate, working for the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum development group based in the Boston Museum of Science. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a B.S. in mathematics. Prior to joining EiE, he worked as a research assistant in the field of numerical analysis, focusing on computational mathematics topics such as Improving Fourier Transform approximations and Radial Basis Function (RBF) interpolation. With the EiE team, Muhammad is responsible for data collection, data analysis, and reporting research.
Chris is a Senior Research & Evaluation Associate at Engineering is Elementary (EiE), located within the Museum of Science, Boston. Before joining the research team, he worked in the school districts of New Hampshire and Vermont as a teen drop-out prevention specialist. He also brings experience in focus group facilitation, survey design, and data analysis. At EiE, he supports the development of research initiatives designed to improve our understanding of how elementary students best learn science and engineering. He received his BA in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College and his Ed.M. in Education Research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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