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Bioengineering is a cutting-edge field that affects our lives from the food we eat to the medicines we take – and soon, the way we think about science education. Amanda Strawhacker is creating a new technology called CRISPEE to teach young children about the ethical and social implications of gene editing.


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Amanda Strawhacker

Amanda Strawhacker

Amanda is a Ph.D. student at Tufts University in the DevTech Research Group. She completed her Master’s in Child Development at Eliot-Pearson in 2013 and received the Eliot-Pearson Research-Practice Integration Award (2013) for her research with a Boston public school on programming interfaces in kindergarten classrooms. Previously, she has served as the Project Coordinator of the ScratchJr Research Project, and as the DevTech Lab Manager from 2013-2015. Currently, Amanda’s research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating tools to support foundational bioengineering learning in early childhood education (K-2).

Amanda finished her B.A. in Biological Anthropology at Tufts in 2011. Her interests in early childhood education include child-computer interaction, developmentally appropriate technology, computational thinking, and creative problem solving.