Science Camps for Blind and Low-vision Students

Credits/Names: 

DMR-1420620

The Penn State MRSEC partnered with Science-U summer camps to pilot a half-day STEM program for college-bound high school students who are blind or visually impaired. Students are participants in Summer Academy, a college transition program hosted by Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Bureau of Special Education's Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network. Using a forensic science theme, MRSEC graduate students mentored participants in their efforts to collect evidence, analyze it, compare the data to police records, and solve the crime. Mentors received three hours of training by BBVS staff prior to the event.

Program video: youtube.com/watch?v=y6SQ9zKUfB0

Year of Research Highlight: 
2017