Elizabeth Cavicci

Elizabeth Cavicchi encourages students to be explorers, facing the unknown, observing, questioning, and collaboratively evolving their own experiments and ideas in EC.050/090 Re-create Experiments from History, the Edgerton Center seminar she has taught since 2005.  As exploring uncovers uncertainties, her students and herself come into dialogue with each other and historical investigators. Elizabeth’s teaching and research extends critical exploration in the classroom. This research pedagogy, developed by her Harvard doctoral adviser Eleanor Duckworth, has roots in Jean Piaget’s works and science education projects of her MIT adviser Philip Morrison. An MIT alumna, visual artist and tandem bicyclist, Elizabeth has written and presented internationally, including narratives from her teaching and on her re-creations of nineteenth century electromagnetic experiments.