Social Studies

STEAM Queens: Women in Engineering

In this 12-week online course, we will explore the lives and work of pioneer women in engineering, from ancient to modern times.
Sadie (Sarah) Thiagarajan
11 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
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60 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 12 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn about the Engineering innovator of the week. They should be able to verbalize several facts they have learned, including a basic biography, the woman's greatest contribution to the world of engineering, and at least one interesting or unusual fact. 
I worked as a Math Intervention Specialist for four years in a public charter school in California. I have taught math, science, art, and run a computer lab. The STEAM Queens project (then called "Women of STEM") was begun in preparation for International Women's Day, 2017. I am currently working on several STEAM-related projects as part of my Washington State Teacher re-certification.
No homework is assigned. Supplemental materials including activities, facts, and topics for discussion will be available in the classroom for further (independent) study. 

For students requesting written evaluations, participation in discussion and projects will be noted. 
Method of note taking, if desired. 
Curiosity and enthusiasm are strongly encouraged. 

Additional information such as links and supplemental activities will be posted on the classroom message board.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Classes are not graded. 
Written evaluations are available upon request for personal learning portfolios. 
Written evaluations require attendance at a minimum of eight (8) classes and must be requested before the start of the second class. 
The evaluation will include information on attendance, preparedness, participation (in class and on the discussion board), and conduct. Personal growth will also be noted. 
Please contact me for any further questions.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Week One: Al-'ljliyyah & the Women of the Islamic Golden Period (8th-15th Century C.E.):

Astrolabes and Early Islam: Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya | Facts about the Muslims & the Religion of Islam - Toll-free hotline 1-877-WHY-ISLAM (
Status of Women During the Time of Caliphate - IslamiCity
Islamic Golden Age - Wikipedia
Women's Contribution to Classical Islamic Civilisation: Science, Medicine and Politics - Muslim HeritageMuslim Heritage
Microsoft Word - 01 Role of Women In islam by AG Bukhari.docx (
10 Influential Women From Islamic History - The Muslim Vibe
Extraordinary Women from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation - 1001 Inventions
Did You Know Female Engineers Are More Common in Muslim Countries Than in the United States ? - Mvslim
Islamic Golden Age continued... Madam Ijliyyah - YouTube

Week Two: The Inventors: Early 19th Century Engineers Sarah Guppy, Henrietta Vansittart, and Mary Dixon Kies:

Week Three: Ellen Swallow Richards (1842-1911) American industrial and safety engineer:

Week Four:  Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903) American engineer:

Week Five: Hertha Marks Ayrton (1854-1923) British engineer and inventor:

Week Six: Julia Morgan (1872-1957) American architect and engineer:

Week Seven: Alice Perry (1885-1969) Irish engineer and surveyor:

Week Eight: Beatrice Shilling (1909-1990) British aeronautical engineer and race car driver:

Week Nine: The Forgotten Engineers: Mary Anderson (1866-1953), Alice H. Parker (1895-1920) Hattie Scott Peterson (1913-1993), and Margo Taulé (1920-2008):

Week Ten: Aprille Ericsson Jackson (1963-present): 

Week Eleven: Nzambi Matee (1992 - present) Kenyan mechanical engineer, inventor, and environmentalist:

Week Twelve: The Afghan Girls Robotics Team (present day):


Sadie (Sarah) Thiagarajan
Lives in the United States
Student of Life, Teacher for Life !
11 total reviews
27 completed classes

About Me

I am a polymath, a person who has many interests and loves all kinds of learning, over many subjects. I am also an auto-didact: I love to learn on my own. so very likely, I'm a lot like you. 
I have taught many subjects, but some of my favorites... 
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