Sneha Tharayil
Sneha Tharayil
PhD student, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
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    Posted Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:28 PM
    When I was a teacher in LA, I definitely used some of JPL's science and engineering lessons! They're wonderful! I remember my students particularly enjoyed this one lesson, I think it was called "Speed Racers" where they designed cars out of styrofoam meat trays and explored how different designs affected the motion of the cars. This was about 3 years ago, so I can only imagine the wealth of ...
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    Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 3:07 PM
    Dr. Strobel, I apologize my response is several months late (I've had a very busy summer!). Thank you so much for your answer. I think you bring up some interesting points about how we conceive what empathy is and what that might look like in engineering design. I particularly like the idea of involving the end-user in the design process. I am interested to see how incorporating that idea would ...
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    Comment by Sneha Tharayil
    Hi Greg! I'm so looking forward to meeting you and the rest of the LE team and hearing your talks at the ASEE annual conference in Columbus, OH this weekend! I'll also be presenting at the conference--I'll be talking about a theoretical framework for integrating service-learning as a pedagogy for pre-college Engineering Education. Here are the details, for those ...
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    Posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:39 PM
    Re:Comment by Linda Kekelis
    Ms. Kekelis, Thank you for your kind words! I appreciate and agree with your advice about sharing our doubts and resources with other teachers exploring engineering educators. I definitely try to do that as often as I can in whatever informal, spontaneous opportunities that arise. I also like your idea of thinking of developing self-efficacy as an engineering design process! It's amazing ...
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    Posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:34 PM
    Comment by Sneha Tharayil
    Dr. Strobel, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your own insights into developing an engineering educator identity! I think you bring up an excellent point about integrating all the different aspects of teaching that this title suggests. While the thought of that is overwhelming in itself, learning how not to be overwhelmed by all of it is an important step in that direction too. As I ...
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    Posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:18 PM
    Ms. Draeger, Thank you for your response and thank you so much for the resources! I've heard about Purdue's EPICS K-12 curriculum before, but I haven't heard of the others as much, especially not the Grand Challenges for Engineering one! Thank you for sharing those! I'm currently working on developing a shoe-design service-learning unit with another LE member, so if you would be interested in ...
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    Re:Comment by Linda Kekelis
    Linda, thank you so much! Yes, part of the reason I'm interested in exploring more about service-learning engineering education in the pre-college setting is because I have come across literature that has identified community-service/engagement, and socially-oriented curriculum as being factors that motivate and interest women in engineering. I think this is also important because I think the ...
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