The Best of Our Knowledge
4:00 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

The Best of Our Knowledge # 1018

Albany, NY –
"TECHGIRLZ USES HANDS-ON STEM ACTIVITIES TO ENGAGE YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD-OF-HEARING"

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION RESEARCH IN DISABILITIES EDUCATION SERIES

"ACCESS TO ADVANCEMENT: AN AUDIO EXPLORATION OF THE NATIONAL EFFORT TO INCREASE THE ROLE OF WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS" -

There's a summer camp held at a university that strives to attract middle-school girls with hearing loss to science and technology. The camp is called TechGirlz. It features activities inside and outside the classroom. Not only are there lots of hands-on projects designed to make the subjects fun, but there are plenty of social activities too. For some of the girls, it's the first time they're with other girls their age who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. In this exclusive report, TBOOK was granted unlimited access to the week-long camp with our embedded science and technology correspondent.

Allison Dunne reports. (15:45)

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STEM EDUCATION AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND -

The University of Maryland at College Park continues to be considered a national leader in STEM education and programs.

When college of education officials began planning an event to talk about trends in teaching science, technology, engineering and math, they guessed that maybe 20 or so industry leaders might attend. To their pleasant surprise, some 90 corporate representatives plus private and public educators came to the January 28th program.

That kind of turnout demonstrates the growing interest in STEM education on campuses all across the nation. Indeed, the Obama administration has challenged states to compete for those Race to the Top funds for education reform. And the president also just doubled the amount of money earmarked for STEM initiatives.

The University of Maryland, College of Education, holds and annual media day where TBOOK had an opportunity to interact with one of their professors about STEM. This is Dr. Leigh R. Abts, Research Professor in the College of Education, and also an Affiliate Professor in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Glenn Busby reports. (3:30)