STEM Challenge: Physically "Doing" Science

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STEM for All Challenge: Physically "Doing" Science

Physical tasks are an important part of many science lessons, from taking soil samples, mixing chemicals, using Bunsen burners, recording data, and performing dissections. This type of physical work can present barriers for many students with disabilities (students with dysgraphia, poor motor control, emotional/behavioral disorders, orthopedic disabilities, and cognitive impairments). However, with the right technology tools, we can create personalized learning opportunities that support students with disabilities in "doing" science.

Consider the use of:

  • Virtual experiments and dissections
  • Simulations
  • Virtual instrumentation and data collection

Here are 3 tools to get you started:

  1. Adaptive Curriculum - “Why do I need to know this?” The goal of this interactive visualization and simulation software is to engage middle and high schoolers in answering just that question. This tool features many different activities and simulations linked to national science standards. It also features virtual labs, simulations, quizzes, built-in glossaries, lesson plans and other classroom materials.
  2. Discovery Education – Free Virtual Field Trips. Take students beyond the classroom and into some of the world's most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences. Whether it’s learning how gecko’s feet and fireflies are inspiring new scientific innovation or learning about the soil through turf management with the Texas A&M University baseball team, there’s a way to engage all students! Explore upcoming educational events.
  3. Froguts - Want to do frog dissections without the mess? Froguts allows students to practice steps for frog dissection before or instead of hands-on dissection. The lab is interactive and provides explanations. Dissections of fetal pig, squid, and owl pellets are also available.


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