STEAM Newsletter – Disability Pride Month
July 18, 2023
July is Disability Pride Month! We celebrate those with disabilities and their contributions to STEAM and our communities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Every July we celebrate Disability Pride Month to commemorate the passage of this landmark civil rights law. It’s important to remember that there are numerous types of disabilities such as physical, learning, and neurological disabilities, and they aren’t always visible. We celebrate STEAM professionals with disabilities and their contributions to our society! Here are a few famous disabled STEAM pioneers to inspire us all:
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519): Polymath, artist, engineer, and scientist known for creating the Mona Lisa, mirrored writing, and had erratic handwriting due to what people believed was dyslexia.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): German theoretical physicist known as the “Father of Modern Physics”, suffered from Einstein Syndrome, characterized by late speech.
- Farida Bedwei (1979-Present): Software engineer born in Nigeria and based in Ghana is known for her work developing and deploying mobile banking applications, lived with cerebral palsy from a young age.
- Temple Grandin (1947-Present): American scientist and autism advocate known for her contributions in animal behavior, was born with autism.
- Solomon Lefschetz (1884-1972): A mathematician who’s limbs were destroyed in an accident at work, contributed to algebraic geometry.
This is a short list of many people living with disabilities making big contributions to STEAM. Others not listed include Stephen Hawking, Thomas Edison, and Sang-Mook Lee! Click here to learn more about their contributions and about others in the field.
Check out these additional resources!
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Become a Teen Science Café Fellow! Teen Science Cafes are a free, fun way for teens to engage in lively conversations with STEM experts that explore the advances in science and technology that affect their lives. Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens. Cafés are typically run about an hour and a half once per month during the school year.
A $2,500 stipend is provided to selected participants to support the implementation of Teen Science Cafes.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal program that helps make the Internet more affordable. Millions of Americans qualify for the program but aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity!
The benefit provides:
- Up to $30 per month toward internet service;
- Up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
- A one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) is excited to offer workshops about STEM micro-credentials, which are competency-based, digital badges for afterschool and out-of-school professionals offered through the National Afterschool Association.
Session Details – These sessions are free, live, interactive, and one hour in length.
The DoS-PPT is a free resource for facilitators of out-of-school and in-school STEM learning programs. The planning tool provides a brief introduction to each dimension of the DoS framework, sample videos, and examples to guide the use of DoS when preparing activity plans for youth. During this training, participants will:
How often do youth in your program get to choose what they’re investigating or designing, the materials they might use, and/or how they engage with the work?
In this module, participants try out strategies for elevating youth voice and choice and apply the ideas as they redesign a STEM activity to incorporate a greater variety of youth input.
Join us at an upcoming Techbridge Girls Information Session to learn more about our program offering for this Fall! Each of our services equips educators with gender- and culturally-responsive teaching tools and full program kitting materials to support youth persistence in STEM and expose girls to BIPOC peers and role models from STEM fields. Participation includes educator training, all materials and a stipend.
Techbridge Girls is excited to announce that applications are being accepted to join the Fall 2023 STEM Equity Learning Community. All out-of-school time (OST) supervisors and administrators for programs that serve Black, Indigenous, and Latina girls and gender-expansive youth are encouraged to apply. Participation in the CoP includes 5 sessions and stipends.
REGISTER FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL SESSION HERE
Harnessing the Magic of Math
Join us for a dynamic three-part virtual training series designed to breathe life into math through games, meaningful, kid-friendly data analysis, and nature exploration. Our sessions focus on strategies that accommodate multiple grade levels and ability levels, helping you meet each student where they are. Prepare to turn your after-school program into a vibrant and engaging mathematical journey!
Looking for activities you can implement in your afterschool program today? Say goodbye to googling or searching on Pinterest. Use the following activities in sequence to support youth in building an engineering mindset.
- First Woman Camp Experience: Hands-on activities that accompany NASA’s “First Woman” graphic novel series
- James Webb Space Telescope STEM Toolkit: Virtual and classroom resources related to the James Webb Space Telescope.
- Sun STEM Toolkit: Virtual and classroom resources related to the sun.
- Sustainable Aviation STEM Toolkit: Virtual and classroom resources related to aviation.
- NASA Coloring Pages: Color and learn about some faraway worlds with these coloring pages.
Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Encourage partners to download the Mizzen By Mott app to access STEM activities at your finger-touch! You’ll find it in Mizzen here.
Featured Activities & Playlists
- Equity and Inclusion Article: Building a Community for Indigenous Mathematicians – Easy to read article on identifying as an indigenous mathematician and how to become part of a community of mathematicians.
- Family Engagement Guide: Educator Guide: STEM Activities for Families | NASA/JPL Edu Easy to implement engaging activities for families (as a follow up to after school activities.)
- Role and Models Resource: Career Girls is a comprehensive video-based career exploration tool for girls featuring diverse women STEM role models. It’s free to use and contains 16,000 videos, as well as career quizzes and resources.
Less than 50% of high school girls know a woman in a STEM career. Let’s change that – recruit STEM professionals to support the youth you serve today!
The Moonshot helps to connect STEM experts with OST programs! Share your program’s volunteer opportunities for STEM experts to work with your youth today! Register here to find role models and mentors in STEM.