Co-PIs: Dr. Orit Shaer, Wellesley College; Dr. Marina Bers, Tufts University || 2017-2019
- Invented and designed an educational toy for children ages 5-7 through an iterative design process.
- Fabricated and programmed prototype using Arduino, felt, wood, and other age-appropriate materials.
- Created curricular supplements that introduce and reinforce key concepts related to bioengineering.
- Designed and conducted multiple rounds of studies with children in multi-day, informal learning settings.
- Created Python scripts to analyze quantitative and qualitative data collected during trials.
- Iterated on the design of the toy, informed by results of user testing and input from children and teachers.
- Led a team of students in creating a prototype of a supplementary bio-ethics game and an electronic plushie.
Co-PIs: Dr. Orit Shaer, Wellesley College; Dr. Marina Bers, Tufts University || 2017
- Developed educational videos to supplement a collaborative bioengineering computer game.
- Designed and conducted multi-day studies testing the game and supplemental materials with children.
- Analyzed data by coding video data for qualitative themes, and created Python scripts that parsed these themes to identify learning outcomes.
- Led a team of students in the development of supplemental minigames.
Co-PIs: Dr. Orit Shaer, Wellesley College; Dr. Oded Nov, New York University || 2016-2017
- Conducted in-person and online user testing to collect user experience metrics, comprehension of the information presented by the tool, and subjective user experience and satisfaction.
- Created Python scripts that analyzed user experience metrics and survey scores to understand patterns of use and compare the effectiveness of different visualizations.
Heavenly Chemistry: Radiolysis of Organic Molecules in the Interstellar Medium
PI: Dr. Christopher Arumainayagam, Wellesley College || 2012-2016
- Conducted research exploring the synthesis of organic molecules in a simulated deep-space environment.
- Analyzed mass spectrometry data and created visualizations for papers and conference presentations.
- Troubleshooted and repaired the complex research apparatus.
- Refined research protocols and wrote a lab manual for future research students.
- Mentored younger students in conducting research.