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Explore It After School!  Technology and Science Resource Guide

Announcement from the Chabot Space & Science Center

Abstract:  this article announces the availability of a technology and science resource guide for projects and career exploration for students with visual impairments.

Key Words:  blind, visual impairment, Chabot Space & Science Center, California School for the Blind Fremont, technology, science, career, Techbridge, resource guide.

Chabot Space & Science Center and the California School for the Blind, Fremont, are pleased to announce the release of Explore It After School! Technology and Science for Students with Visual Impairments. This resource guide includes lesson plans for technology and science projects and career exploration resources to broaden the academic and career options for students with visual impairments.

Techbridge was launched in 2000 by Chabot Space & Science Center in order to engage girls in technology and science, fields where females have been underrepresented. Recognizing the potential of this multi-faceted program, Chabot Space & Science Center adapted Techbridge for students with visual impairments. The after-school program introduces challenging and rewarding activities that encourage students to work independently and to challenge stereotypes regarding academic and career options for persons with visual impairments. Techbridge projects include building telephones, creating websites, dissecting squid, and learning about solar technology. With the lessons learned from hosting Techbridge at the California School for the Blind, we developed Explore It After School! This guide includes:

Generous support from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation has made the development of this resource possible. Seeing the exciting results of Techbridge at the California School for the Blind, we hope that many more students can benefit from the lessons we learned. Explore It After School! is available online at <http://techbridgegirls.org/ExploreIt.html>. For more information about Techbridge, contact <techbridge@chabotspace.org> or 510.336.7332.


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