Program Engages Hearing and Visually impaired Students Through High School Science Club

Achievement date: 
2018
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The NSF-funded Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT) Engineering Research Center, headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), has been engaging 24 deaf and hard-of-hearing and 27 blind and visually impaired high school students through outreach programs.

Impact/benefits: 

NASCENT engages the hearing-impaired students monthly through work with the Center’s Texas School for the Deaf Science Club. For the blind and visually impaired students, NASCENT hosted the 2nd annual STEM Fest at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI).

Explanation/Background: 

In past years, graduate students introduced students through the School for the Deaf Science Club to areas such as nanoscience, acids/bases, polymers, sustainable energy, and the electric grid with the help of an American Sign Language interpreter. Graduate students led the high school students through experiments with sand, ferrofluids and Alka-Seltzer, and discussions about sustainable energy, after which students created their own hydro-electric turbines. Past Science Club participants also crafted a straw rocket, made electric circuits, and experimented with pH testing kits.