The Best of Our Knowledge
10:38 am
Mon November 9, 2009

The Best of Our Knowledge # 999

Albany, NY –
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

THIS EPISODE: "DO-IT AND ACCESS STEM IMPROVE TRANSITIONS TO STEM EDUCATION AND CAREERS" -

There is a multiple award-winning program for students run out of Seattle, Washington called DO-IT. For many, it's the first time they're among other students with disabilities who are also interested in STEM. This Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program has been setting the gold-standard for STEM education for decades.

For DO-IT scholar, Emily Horwitz, it's been a huge support. She says (audio bite) "There are other people out there like me. It's not a lonely little island where you're kind of stuck in the middle of nowhere."

The following is TBOOK's exclusive inside look at DO-IT, or the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology program.

Allison Dunne reports. (13:08)

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If you would like more information on the DO-IT program featured, you can visit: http://www.washington.edu/doit

And if you would like to read the research report, AccessSTEM/AccessComputing/DO-IT Longitudinal Transition Study mentioned in the preceding story, visit: http://www.washington.edu/doit/Stem/tracking2.html

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GUEST COMMENTARY:
"THE PUBLIC FINALLY MEETS A SCIENCE VERSION OF AMERICAN IDOL" -

Our guest commentator is also one who believes in the importance of STEM education.

Dr. Mel Schiavelli is a Professor of Chemistry, and President of the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Schiavelli says, "When it comes to getting people excited about the enormous possibilities and opportunities available in a professional career in the fields of science or technology, educators should give an award to Intel for its TV ad featuring Ajay Bhatt."

Dr. Mel Schiavelli comments. (4:31)

 

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