STEM learning is a cornerstone of education in today’s K-12 schools, but STEM classrooms often aren’t all that inspiring to students who are blind or have low vision.
So much of science is based on sight and observations, and when students who have vision challenges are forced to stand off to the side and listen to classmates’ observations about experiments or data, they lose some of the excitement that goes along with scientific discovery.
But students who are blind or have low vision don’t have to miss out on STEM’s engaging aspects. Science companies are creating tools that accommodate different needs, and some groups have created science experienced geared toward students with vision challenges.
Here are a few different ways simple modifications or accessibility modifications are making STEM more inclusive in classrooms.
1. The University of Arizona Sky School connects K-12 students with authentic science experiences. Through UA’s Project POEM, funded by the National Science Foundation, visually impaired middle and high school students are able to have engaging STEM experiences and explore STEM career possibilities.