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What schools are participating in STEM for students with moderate to severe disabilities? Were they able to secure funding through federal or private grant sources to participate?
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What a great direction. After watching the Hallmark movie last weekend "A Smile As Big as the Moon" I realize that anyone should be able to participate in this sort of program.
The following is for students with disabilities: http://www.washington.edu/doit/Stem/
Unfortunately many of the articles and programs talk about students with physical disabilities.
The following website alludes to special education students. You might want to listen to the short video about special education and STEM
Unfortunately I could not find any school that provides this.
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I'm not sure if this is what you are asking about, but currently our school is conducting a STEM activity that is allowing every student in the school to participate. In conjunction with Hawaii Energy, our school is lending out Belkin Energy Meters in a kit to be taken home by the students to perform a home energy usage lab. We as a science department wrote the lab to conform to our standardized lab report rubric, and we are handing out the kits through our science classes to all students. Students who are in alternative settings for moderate to severe disabilities are also participating. We go to the classes and explain to the students and their skills trainers (if they are assigned one) what the purpose of the project is and how to perform the lab. Instructions are also sent home in communication notebooks as family participation is encouraged. As some of our more severe students may not actually be able to perform the lab independently, they are still able to participate through their parents and siblings. The lab is very simple to complete, and gives the students a good understanding of both the scientific process and the importance of home energy monitoring usage. Energy monitoring meters may be obtained through grants or from local energy companies. It was exciting for us to find a way to allow all our students participate equally in a project no matter their disability. I am attaching a copy of the lab report if you are interested.
Belkin_Energy_Meter_Lab.doc (0.03 Mb)
Data_Collection_Sheet_-_new.doc (0.06 Mb)
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Excellent! Would love to know more!!!
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Ann - I am wondering in the time that has passed since your post here - did you find any grant sources? Have you come up with projects that meet your population's needs?
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America's Home Energy Challenge was a great little contest that should meet your needs. The goal of the competition is for students to reduce their home energy usage. This is very relevant science for all students. Students work with their families on behavior changes (unplug your ipod when it is done charging) that save energy. They also conduct energy audits of their home. You can work with your local coop.
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One of my goals is to have more awareness of the resources for special needs students. Science is a high interest topic.
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In my humble opinion science is designed for special education. Students with special needs always benefit from doing hands-on activities. STEM is even more hands-on than regular science classes. To me it is the only way to go. Working in a collaborative and cooperative environment helps everyone.
I know your post is from January, but I thought I would reply. My school has been conducting STEM training during school hours three times a semester. All science and math teachers take a subday to attend these trainings. Although, 40 to 60% of the information offered through our resource teachers in useful, my classroom turns into a circus. I support the move towards increasing emphasis on math and especially science. However, without increase resources, many of the experiments proposed and demonstrated in the training would come out of the teachers' pocket.
At least in Hawaii, STEM needs to also provide "turn key" lessons. I mean a box of equipments, a lesson plan, student activities and rubrics that a teacher simply borrows and can easily implement. Most of the science teacher at my school do not have backgrounds in science, including myself. I enjoy these NSTA scipacks because they provide me with content knowledge on topics I have not studied since high school. I think STEM needs to incorporate not only teacher education, but also resources.
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STEM for special education is a rare thing as it requires significant investment in hands-on tools, testing, teacher training and support, and modification of existing STEM offerings. You can contact the STEMgeo team at stemgeo.com for information on this unique, though widespread need in our country. HOpe this helps.
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I am looking for grant opportunities to get Stem materials for students with a wide range of learning and physical disabilities for my urban school.
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I have launched a STEM for Special Education, Alternative Programs, and Disadvantaged Schools using a. the results of longitudinal studies stating that "hands-on STEM tools" dramatically improve performance of these children; b. an integrated STEM discipline approach per topic; c. engineering process for systems and software that is industry-based; d. career connections to practical jobs; e. classroom and individual engineering projects; f. a social network for teachers, practitioners, and parents to discuss topics.
Measurement: improvement in 1. grades and 2. scores; interest in engineering/technical careers.
The course and kit is substantial. Parents and principals tell us that this will create a means to communicate traditional and new subjects that create engagement and passion while being relevant for tomorrow's job market. We are industry experts in engineering, business, and learning at IBM, NASA, DoD, and Fortune 500s. We are teamed with top educators in STEM.
Our course is music, sound, EM spectrum, and engineering process. Unit 4 and 5 is a class and individual project. We map to SOLs. See www.stemgeo.com and let me know what you think.
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Thank you for the post- I have trouble coming up with hands on activities for my special needs students-
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I found two resources that I think can be modified for students with special needs. I teach students with autism with a wide range of skill sets (severe to high functioning) and grades (K through 3rd). I like the fact some of the lessons are cross-disciplinary as well.
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