AIDB has partnered with NTID, leading to the formation of our STEM program named NTID Southeast Regional STEM Center (NSRSC). Our mission is to promote STEM education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Our office is currently housed (temporarily) on the Alabama School for the Deaf campus in Talladega, Alabama. Eventually we will move to Huntsville.
Above is your first “must watch” video – a 3-minute whiteboard feature that explains what STEM Education is and how it can be beneficial in the classroom. It’s a great tool for understanding STEM and explaining it to any group – from kids to parents to school board members.
STEM skills emphasize problem solving and critical thinking. Students are usually placed on teams and assigned specific roles. This encourages teamwork. The team is given a real world problem to solve and the roles they perform in will give them a specific function in the solution. While they are working, they will realize there is an interconnectedness between their team partners and how each person brings their ideas to become part of a solution. In addition, they will see how the importance of their content knowledge (math, science, etc) applies to these problems they are solving rather than in isolation.
The demand by businesses for individuals with STEM skills are growing. Research has shown that people with STEM skills are preferably hired to those without, are given higher salaries/pay, and usually keep their jobs longer. See the following images that reflect this.
One of our goals is to equip D/HH students with these skills and connect them with businesses that may be a good match. Our program will help students discover what they are skilled at and enjoy. Once these are determined, we will help develop those skills.
Although NSRSC is on the ASD campus, ASD is only one client we serve. We actually endeavor to encourage STEM education for D/HH students in 8 Southeastern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee). We will travel and serve wherever there are D/HH students and those locations can include but are not limited to Deaf schools or mainstreamed programs.
- We will provide training and resources related to STEM education for:
- Regular Classroom Teachers
- Special Education Teachers
During this process, we will develop a curriculum and ultimately form a STEM Academy in Huntsville that will be designed with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in mind. The possibilities of STEM education are endless! Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to explore the training opportunities.