Amanda Strawhacker

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Ph.D. Candidate & Graduate Student Researcher, DevTech Research Group, Tufts University (Medford, USA)



Amanda is a Ph.D. candidate in Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University’s DevTech Research Group, where she works to design, implement, and evaluate novel technologies and curricula to engage young children in topics of the 21st century. 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.

Amanda finished her B.A. in Biological Anthropology at Tufts in 2011 and her Master’s in Child Development at Eliot-Pearson in 2013. She is a two-time winner of the Eliot-Pearson Research-Practice Integration Award, and her work has been featured in such outlets as TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet.