# STEM

##### Shape of the Earth with 2-D and 3-D Models: Practicing Tactile Graphics
In this activity, students consider how a model of the 3-D Earth can be shown in 2-D on a tactile graphic, and why models, though useful, have limitations.
##### Encouraging Independent Living Skills in the Science Lab
This blog is designed to describe how to easily incorporate independent living skills into instruction in the science lab.
##### Are You Naturally Selected?
Introduction to evolution and Darwin's theory of natural selection
##### Tally marks - Counting made easy
How is a student with visual impairment to count using tally marks?
##### Tectonic Plate Boundaries - Interactive Model
In this simple interactive model, students use their hands to model the tectonic plates and the movement of these plates.
##### Features of Waves Using Wikki Stix
This simple interactive activity allows students who are blind to learn basic properties of waves and to compare waves in the electromagnetic spectrum.
##### Using real shapes to understand congruence and similarity
This math activity is designed to help 8th graders who are blind or visually impaired to understand congruency.
##### Adapting a Scientific Talking Calculator for Easier Use
Tips to adapt a scientific talking calculator for easier use by students who are blind or who have low vision
##### Light Energy
In these hands-on science lessons, students explore light sources and the properties of light.
##### Heat Transfer through Popping Popcorn
In this tasty activity, students learn about about heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation as they pop popcorn in three different ways.
##### DNA - Blueprint for Life: Intro to Gene Expression
Using a comparison of DNA with architectural blueprints of a building helps students better understand the function of DNA and its location in the cell.
##### Find Out from Students Why YOU Should Send Your Students to Space Camp!
Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) is a week-long accessible camp designed to introduce students to the world of space travel.
##### Using Song in Science Instruction
Ideas for using music and song in science instruction for students with visual impairments
##### Monster of the Milky Way
Video with transcript, questions, and tactile images to teach students with visual impairments about black holes and the Milky Way.
##### Forensic Geology Lab: Digging Through the Sands of Crime
In this hands-on geology lab, students with visual impairments explore index fossils and analyze data to solve a mystery.
##### Interactive Atom Activity Part 2: Using the APH Periodic Table
In this activity, students demonstrate their understanding of the structure of the atom and their ability to use the AZER Periodic Table Reference Booklet.
##### Inspiring Story of Trevor Thomas, a Hiker Who Is Blind
Trevor Thomas, a hiker who is blind, shares his experiences in these videos. Students will determine his speed in this activity.
##### Apparent vs. Absolute Magnitude of Stars- Interactive Model
This model utilizes the fan as the luminosity of the star in order to describe in a tactile manner the absolute verses apparent magnitude of stars.
##### Plant Parts Put to Song
This activity, appropriate for K-2 or older modified students, teaches the parts of a plant through a familiar song.
##### Relating Tides to the Moon Phases
In this active model, students who are blind or visually impaired will compare the relationship of the Sun, Moon, and Earth during the phases of the Moon and relate this to the tides.
##### Earth's Rotation Causes Day and Night - Interactive model
In this activity, students with visual impairments model day and night using a globe specially marked to indicate the students' current location on Earth.
##### Rotation and Revolution of the Moon: Active Model
Students who are blind or visually impaired will understand the revolution of the Moon around the Sun and its rotation through this simple activity.
##### You Just Crack Me Up!
Science lesson for students with visual impairments to design packaging for eggs that will keep them from breaking.
##### Tidal Cycles: Interactive Model
In this active model, students with visual impairments "play" the role of the Earth and the Moon to better comprehend the tidal cycles.
##### Inquiry-Based Learning: What is it, Why use it, and How?
Introduction to inquiry-based learning for science students who are blind or visually impaired
##### Scientific Method Intro - Inquiry Lab
In this activity, students with visual impairments order the steps of the scientific method prior to formal instruction.
##### Life-Size Chutes and Ladders Game
Interactive game designed to allow students to practice appropriate social skills, turn taking, numeracy skills, fitness skills and following rules.
##### Student with Visual Impairments Discusses Space Camp
TSBVI high school student, Mikkah, discusses her experiences at Space Camp in an interview with her science teacher, Laura Hospitál.
##### Measuring Velocity: An active model
In this simple interactive activity, students with visual impairments differentiate speed and velocity.
##### The Science of Tea: Reviewing Energy Transfer
Thanks to Jim Clark for sharing this activity. It is a review of concepts related to energy transfer while making and drinking tea.
##### Reading for All Students: Finding the Right Text
Guidelines for finding the right text for students who are visually impaired with varying ability levels.
##### Interactive Atom Building Activity
In this simple activity, students play the role of the subatomic particles and position themselves correctly inside or outside of the nucleus.
##### Snowy Science Discovery
These hands-on accessible science activities are designed for students who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities to learn about snow.
##### What will a magnet stick to?
In this activity, students test common objects to determine which stick to a magnet. Why certain items are magnetic and other are not is the focus.
##### Using the APH Periodic Table to Determine Valence Electrons
The group (family) in which an element is located on the Periodic Table can be used to determine the number of valence electrons.
##### States of Matter Introduction: Simple Hands-On Activity
This simple activity is a nice introduction or warm-up to the topic of states of matter.
##### Exploring the Structure and Function of a White Cane
Students who are blind or visually impaired will compare the structure and function of their canes as a correlation to the structure and function of cells.
##### Experimental Error by Design
In this activity, the instructor sets up a lab which doesn't work. The students will focus on experimental error in the lab report.
##### Simple Adaptations to Increase Accessibility in Science Instruction
Quick tips to make simple adaptions to increase accessibility of science materials for students who are blind or visually impaired
##### Using an Active Model to Measure Speed
This simple activity allows students to use a formula to determine speed after measuring both distance traveled and time .
##### Rate of Reaction Lab
In this lab, students experience the effect of surface area on the rate of a chemical reaction.
##### Modeling the Backbone and Spinal Cord
To provide a tactile model of the backbone’s construction showing the vertebrae surrounding the spinal cord and the function of the spinal discs.
##### The Elementor Periodic Table App
This app is an interactive teaching / learning tool to explain the various facets of the elements of the Periodic Table.
##### Graphing with APH Graphic Aid in Science
Guidelines to make science and math graphs accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired
##### Exploring Fall Sensory Trays
Suggestions for fall themed sensory trays for students who are blind or visually impaired.
##### Science in Action with Mr. Killebrew on the SOFIA mission
Overview of the SOFIA space mission and making astronomy more accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired
##### Balancing Chemical Equations Using a Tactual Model
This interactive model allows students to tactually balance a simple chemical equation.
##### Punnett Squares
This activity provides students with a hands-on exercise that relies on shapes rather than the ability to read letters in the study of genetics.
##### Learning About Leaves: Exploration Science Activities for Students with Severe Multiple Disabilities
Activities for students with severe multiple disabilities to learn about and explore leaves
##### How Water Changes State
This activity helps students to understand the adding and removal of thermal energy, during an introductory chemistry course.