Peter Y. Wong
Director of University Relations
Museum of Science, Boston
Dr. Peter Y. Wong has been involved with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education throughout his career. He is currently Director of University Relations at the Museum of Science (Boston, MA) and develops engineering curricula for middle school grades. In the past, he was a research associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tufts University (Medford, MA) doing both technical research and educational outreach. He has founded two small companies related to STEM education: K2 Enrichment After School STEM Program (Newton, MA) and Tumblehome Learning (Boston, MA) that produces STEM books and kits. He served two terms on the board of the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair. He is now a lead member of MassCAN (Computing Attainment Network).
Peter was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. His primary and secondary educations were in the Boston Public School system, and he graduated from Boston Latin School. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University and received his bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from there. Peter continues his lifelong learning in technical topics (e.g., thermal processing, comparative biomechanics, biomedical devices, and nanotechnology) and educational areas (e.g., STEM education, professional development for teachers, and informal science education). He enjoys cooking classic dishes and modern cuisines using the latest techniques and technologies (e.g., sous vide, culinary whipper, and liquid nitrogen).
His middle school curriculum, Building Math, is a supplemental series of units that integrate Algebra and Engineering in the classroom. Students work in teams on hands-on activities and go through the engineering design process to solve technical problems in a fictional context of field trips to Mount Everest, South Pacific, and the Amazon. The curriculum was developed by the National Center for Technological Literacy (part of the Museum of Science) and Tufts University (including the departments of Education and Mechanical Engineering). Walch Education (Portland, Maine) publishes the curriculum. He is currently working on a new middle school curriculum that meets the NGSS, addressing the Practice of Engineering specifically.