I established STEMology Club in 2019 as a way to share my love of STEM and advocate for STEM through after-school programs for K-6, speaking at events, collaborating with educators, partnering with educational organizations such as Nepris and Arizona SciTech Institute, and consulting work with clients such as Khan World School @ ASU Prep.
"Stories and STEM" at AZSciTech Summit 2021
Khan World School @ ASU Prep
Sal Khan of Khan Academy and ASU Prep (K-12) have teamed up to create Khan World School @ ASU Prep for a world-class full-time, mastery-based honors online high school for students anywhere in the world! I am excited to be working with the team on their international strategy, gifted strategy, and to be an integral team member in the pilot year and year two expansion plans! Students in this pilot year are in 9th grade and had the good fortune of having one of the Seminars run by Sal Khan himself and likely many more in the future!
Arizona STEM Acceleration Project @ ASU
Arizona STEM Acceleration Project (ASAP) is a new initiative transforming how Arizona’s K-12 educators deliver high-quality, hands-on STEM activities to our state’s future leaders. We are teaming up with educators, professional development organizations, and funding partners to build a more collaborative, more imaginative foundation for the development and distribution of STEM resources and training opportunities for educators throughout Arizona. I am excited to be a doctoral researcher on this $10M grant focused on accelerating our STEM initiatives in Arizona!
Learning Futures Collaborative AI in Education @ ASU
As part of ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, the Learning Futures Collaboratives (LFC) which kicked off in 2022, aims to bring together faculty, doctoral students, and researchers to engage in collaborative, creative, and semi-hypothetical research conversations. Of the first five LFCs, I am honored to be collaborating with the brilliant minds at ASU's Teachers College and the Polytechnic School of Engineering on the "futures of artificial intelligence in education and diversity, equity, and inclusion."
Educational Research at ASU
I am excited to be back at ASU in 2021 as a Doctoral student! After a Bachelor's and Master's in Computer Science from ASU's Fulton School of Engineering, I am pursuing a doctorate in education focusing on elementary and middle school teachers' STEM identity, self-efficacy for STEM curriculum design, and implementation. I believe in a constructivist paradigm and the theoretical frameworks that currently guide my research and intervention are (1) Self-Efficacy, (2) Cognitive/Collaborative Apprenticeship, (3) Situated Learning, (4) Project-Based Learning, and (5) Communities of Practice.
Kids Love Science
My KIDgineer, Laya Mohandas, believes that scientists, like herself, come in all sizes and can be inspired to do great things big or small! We are in the process of creating a platform for scientists of all sizes to engage, share their learning and experiments, and create a community of curious thinkers!
Kathak Indian Classical Dance
When I am not studying, teaching STEM, or Mom-ing, I am dancing! I began training in the classical Indian dance form, Kathak, as an adult and have been practicing, performing, and teaching for the last 15 years. I joined Kalaa Kendra in 2017 as an instructor and director for marketing.
Blu Lantana Event Planning
Blu Lantana was an event planning and management company focused on mid-scale dance productions. It was my first company co-founded with Shubhada in 2009 while working also working at Intel! Our signature event was a production on Kathak, Tap, and Flamenco in Arizona.