SimInsights invited to present at Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) Symposium in Bahrain
SimInsights Inc has been awarded a grant and invited to present the innovative SimInsights platform at the Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) Symposium to be held in Bahrain on March 24-25. This year's focus is Global Innovation, Local Adaptation: Trends & Reactions.
Title (Dr., Prof.,): Arun R. Srinivasa (Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station and Qatar)
Iman Khandil (Teaching Associate, Texas A&M University, Qatar)
Rajesh Jha (President & CEO, SimInsights Inc., Irvine, California, USA)
Title of Abstract:
Web based simulation tool to enhance student engagement and participation in Engineering Mechanics course at Texas A&M University (TAMU) at Doha, Qatar
Faculty teaching engineering mechanics have always contended that one of the major difficulties with student understanding is the fact that they do not have an intuitive ``feel’’ (ability to qualitatively predict or anticipate physical events based on experience gained by prior unscripted interaction with physical objects). This need for ``feel’’ for dynamics is a result of the fact that they satisfy a number of constraints that have to be internalized before physical components can be built and that severely restrict the feasibility of creative possibilities. This lack of ``feel’’ or ``experience’’ with such objects is especially acute at TAMU Qatar where students are by and large unfamiliar with most engineering tools, having no prior interaction with them. We are seeking to answer the following question, “can students develop at least a part of the ‘’feel’’ by using the SimInsights web based simulation tool that is operated by the students themselves to explore dynamics, together with some specially developed scripted lessons?” We will show some of the lessons developed at TAMU-Qatar and demonstrate how the web based interactive nature of the software allows the instructor to focus on the lesson without concerns about software incompatibility, maintenance etc.