ACCESSIBLE STEM WORKSHOPS
You Can Do Astronomy LLC can bring accessible STEM workshops to your school or conference!
Make your teaching more inclusive with tactile materials and strategies to improve accessibility. We will show you how to make earth and space science concepts more accessible with instructional strategies for inclusion of students with visual impairment in the science curriculum. The techniques learned in these workshops are also great for sighted students with a variety of learning styles!
Our accessible STEM workshops serve:
TEACHERS: who want to be more inclusive in their teaching.
SCHOOLS: who want to empower their teachers with stronger professional development skills in accessibility.
CONFERENCES: who want to ensure their participants know how to make earth and space science concepts and materials more accessible.
Our Accessible STEM Workshops provide:
* Content instruction for teachers in four Next Generation Earth and Space Science standards for grades 1-6
* A toolkit of inclusive and accessible instructional strategies and techniques to use in your classroom in teaching these standards
Our one-day accessible STEM teacher workshop covers the following four Next Generation Science standards, and our half-day accessible STEM teacher workshop covers your choice of two of these standards:
The learning objectives of our Accessible STEM Workshop are:
* How to understand and teach these content standards to your students in grades 1-6.
* How to include accessibility and inclusion strategies in your teaching, using our toolkit of instructional techniques
* How to help your students with different learning and visual abilities achieve these standards
Also available: We can present accessible STEM programs directly to Connecticut students in grades 1-6, covering the same Earth and Space Science standards. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Teachers hold up a ball on a stick and visually
observe the phases of the moon illuminated
from a nearby lamp
Teachers touch a tactile ball to explore
the phases of the moon by touch
Teachers sit around tables and assemble
workshop materials by hand
Three teachers explore tactile craters
on a simulated moon surface
Clients have included:
Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
Malden Reads, Malden MA (multiple workshops)
McCarthy Observatory, New Milford, CT
National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD (multiple workshops)
National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut (multiple workshops)
Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA (multiple workshops)
State Education Resource Center, Middletown, CT
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT
"Noreen Grice's teacher workshop was one of the most effective and
educational in-service I have ever participated in. Although geared for
the visually impaired, all participants gained a deeper and thorough
understanding of otherwise difficult astronomical concepts. Through simple
and inexpensive modeling methods, group participatory activities, and
visual aids these concepts were clearly and easily understood. Noreen is knowledgeable with the content she teaches and is very detail
oriented. You really leave Noreen's workshop with renewed desire, inspiration, and
motivation to teach and begin sharing her activities. It was a pleasure
having Noreen present this kind of workshop."
--Jon W. Elvert, Director
Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Baton Rouge, LA
"Noreen provided a truly amazing workshop for our teachers of the blind
and visually impaired in Connecticut . The workshop was completely hands-on and provided practical applications
for the teachers to use with their students. In all of the workshops I have hosted, I have never gotten such
rave evaluations as I did for hers. In addition, she was very well
organized and easy to plan with. I would absolutely love to work with her
again in the future."
-- Karyn Champion-Kamm, Education Services Specialist
State Education Resource Center
Additional Workshop Testimonials