# STEM

##### Budgeting and Money Management
An activity to help blind and visually impaired students plan for transition and adult life as they learn about budgeting.
##### Tips and Strategies to Make Statistics & Probability Accessible
Tips and strategies to make statistics and probability accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired
##### Rate of Photosynthesis
This experiment provides a low cost solution for investigating the rate of photosynthesis for students who are blind and visually impaired.
##### Edible DNA model
A fun alternative to a standard lesson about the structure of DNA is to use different types of candy to represent the different components of the DNA molecule.
##### Solar System in a Meter
This hands-on activity allows students who are blind or visually impaired to "build" a model of the solar system showing relative distances between planets.
##### Reading the DNA Code Using the APH DNA Twist Model
In this activity, students who are blind or visually impaired are introduced to the structure of DNA and learn to "read" the code found in the nitrogen bases (the rungs).
##### Role of the TVI in Developing Tactile Skills for Reading Braille Science Tables
Tips to prepare students with visual impairment to correctly interpret tables and tactile graphics in science class beginning in early grades.
##### Tips and Strategies for Teaching Number System Standards
These math tips and strategies are compiled from suggestions made by a team of experts as part of a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
##### Swift Playgrounds - The VoiceOver Challenge
In this article we look at the usability of the popular coding program with the VoiceOver screenreader.
##### Meiosis vs. Mitosis Using the APH Life Science Tactile Graphic Set
This activity, appropriate for a warm up, has students with visual impairments compare the final results of mitosis and meiosis and can be played as a competitive game.
##### Project Bloks
Google's Project Bloks is a development platform for tangible programming, to help kids develop computational thinking through playful coding experiences.
##### Gravity and Weight
A hands-on activity to introduce students who are blind and visually impaired to gravity and weight.
##### Accessible Books for Science Instruction
Providing science textbooks auditorilly for students with visual impairment is vital for comprehension for many learners.
##### Measuring Speed
Students who are blind or visually impaired measure distance and time to calculate the speed at which a marble travels.
##### Adapting Warm-Up Activities in Science for Students with Visual Impairment
Warm-up activities can be a great way to introduce a science lesson. Find out how to best adapt them for students with visual impairment.
##### Accessible Time Tracking
This article highlights the tools that have been useful for students with visual impairment in gauging time for science activities and experiments.
##### Art in Science: Tools for drawing for students with visual impairment
This blog describes the value of including drawing in science instruction for students with visual impairments and will highlight several available tools.
##### Balance
A hands-on science activity that teaches students who are blind and visually impaired about the balance of objects.
##### Endothermic or Exothermic Reaction?
In this activity, students will experience an endothermic reaction and gauge the temperature change that occurs as a result of the reaction.
##### Modeling Ionic Bonding of Atoms with the AZER APH Model
This activity focuses on ionic bonding and the importance of valence electrons in chemical bonding.
##### Describing Science: Best Practices
Best practices for description of graphs, and tables, and diagrams for individuals who are blind or visually impaired
##### Fingerprinting, Forensic Science and Magnifiers: Magnification Activity
Exciting, inclusive classroom actives that combine Crime Scene Investigation skills while learning about magnification tools!
##### Central Vacuole of Plant Cell with Structural Support Model
This simple model and related activities help students who are blind or visually impaired understand how the central vacuole of a plant cell helps the plant cell to remain firm.
##### Which Talking Calculator Is Best For Your Student With A Visual Impairment?
As each student with a visual impairment has unique needs in math and science, choosing an appropriate talking calculator is vital for his or her success.
##### Science and Math Inclusion for Students with Visual Impairments

There are 3 webcasts included in this training module that demonstrate importance of Science and Math inclusion for vision impaired students.

##### Using Federal Quota Funds for Science Materials
In this blog, I will explain the Quota Fund program, how your student can benefit from them, and which science products on the site can be purchased using Quota
##### Life Molecules Using the Molymod Models
This activity ties in both the structure and function theme prevalent in biology and provides an engaging introduction to organic molecules.
##### Cell Structure - Interactive Guessing Game
Each student will in turn describe a part of the cell for classmates who attempt to decide which organelle the student is "playing".
##### Intro to Volume and Mass
The volume of two identically shaped cubes is compared followed by a comparison of the masses of the same two cubes.
##### Using Humor in Science Instruction for Students with Visual Impairment
Humor in the classroom not only makes the learning experience more fun for students, it also increases engagement and retention.
##### Cell Structure Intro Using the APH Life Science Tactile Graphics
Prior to instruction on cell structure, this activity utilizes the stellar APH Life Science Tactile Graphics Set to compare animal and plant cell structure.
##### Ping Pong Pop Fly
This hands-on activity teaches students who are blind and visually impaired about problem solving and the engineering design process.
##### Length Measurement - Using Tactile Markers
Using tactile markers with students who are visually impaired.
##### Gravity Cars
A hands-on science lesson about gravity using toy cars.
##### Position and Motion: Hot Wheels
This hands-on, participatory science activity teaches students who are blind and visually impaired about the effect of position and motion using toy race cars.
##### Drama in Science Class?
Can using drama in science class increase participation and collaboration. I have found that it can!
##### Friction Boards
A hands-on science lesson for students who are blind and visually impaired to demonstrate friction.
##### Introduction to Force: Push and Pull
A hands-on science lesson for students who are blind and visually impaired about force, using push and pull to demonstrate.
##### Lab Safety Rules Role-Play
Students write and perform skits in which they break the lab safety rules in order to better remember and comprehend the rules.
##### Accessing Science Videos with Audio Description
Video materials are used regularly in most science classes. This blog will describe how to access videos (when available) with audio description.
##### Insulation Sensation
A student with visual impairments tested the efficiency of various materials as insulators.
##### Track Testing Remote Control Cars
A student with visual impairments tested the affect of friction on different surfaces on how far a remote control car will run on these surfaces.
##### Chocolate Thunder
A student with visual impairments tested how dish soap affects the way in which chocolate dissolves during a baking soda and vinegar reaction.
##### Intro to My Food Plate
This activity gauges students' understanding of healthy eating and introduces Michelle Obama's My Food Plate.
##### Adapting Cylinders for Students with Visual Impairments
To make the adapted graduated cylinders, I was lucky enough to have the help of a student intern from MIT.
##### Time and Energy
This science experiment by students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired examines how the time of day affects energy levels.
##### Preparing for an Elementary-Aged Science Student
This blog provides guidance for TVIs who will have a student in elementary science.
##### Successful Inclusion in the Public School Science Curriculum for Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired

In this webcast, TVI Barbara Gillmeister talks about the strategies she uses to support students who are visually impaired/blind in the public school class

##### The Heart of a Young Scientist: Inspiration from an Entrepreneur
Hari spoke to my summer school class, tying science into her discussion of goals and habits.