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    Sneha Tharayil, University of Texas at Austin
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    Sneha Tharayil, University of Texas at Austin
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    Cary Sneider, Portland State University
    Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 9:54 AM
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  • Phillip Coleman, National Academy of Engineering

    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:41 AM

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    Phillip Coleman, National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 1:39 PM
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  • Pius Wong, Pios Labs

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    Phillip Coleman, National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 3:49 PM
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    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 1:42 PM
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    How do you acquire the needed resources to pursue the possible engineering projects? Does it depend greatly on the type of engineering?
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    I have pointed out in my power point,  "Artistic Inquiry in the Sciences" (which culminated from a workshop visit to the Rhode Island School Of Design) that Art appreciation is needed to assist future scientists in engineering design. However, access to the needed resources to promote this perspective is difficult in the High School;Public Schools.
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    Greg Pearson, National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:26 PM
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    Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:23 PM
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  • Sneha Tharayil, University of Texas at Austin

    Posted Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    I know this is a fantastic portal where students can receive feedback on their design projects from a global community of STEM educators. However, it would also be really great for students if they could get input from those working in industry, and I was wondering if the Innovation Portal allows for that, and if so, how do they vet the "expertise" level of those providing such feedback? I LOVE the idea of the Innovation Portal though, and plan on exploring it more. Thanks for ...
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    Mark Schroll, Project Lead The Way
    Posted Monday, January 4, 2016 at 3:34 PM
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    Greg Pearson, National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2:55 PM
    Sneha: I believe that the PLTW Innovation Portal can be configured in a variety of ways to serve the needs of individual users. For example, it is being used in a number of states to judge student work in STEM competitions, which suggests that "judge" ...Read More