Science WOW!

This after school activity is for kids with special needs to learn more hands-on science.

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250-507-3477 MD: Potomac(20854)

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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Education programs for kids with special needs are either not adaptive enough for kids with special needs or too simplified for some who love science. As adults, those with special needs can feel more valued in society by those who value scientific knowledge. By educating those who want to know more science, there will be more employment opportunities for those with special needs as they grow older.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

This after school program takes the most fun aspects of science class- experiments and hands-on activities- and teaches kids lab skills and hard science. There can be animal, chemistry, or other biology classes that have advanced material without tests.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

I work with many kids with special needs and see how their programs are less about education and more about cooperation at times. This is important to later teach them to their fullest potential, but some do not have the opportunity. I see how some kids with special needs adopt an interest that they develop for the rest of their life like movies or dinosaur themes, etc. I think that creating interest in science will helo kids w IDD want to learn more.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Kids with special needs have a focus that helps integrate them into society more.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

This program has specific programs for kids to learn more about science with is a topic that is boring when less hand-on. It instigates self-sustained interest.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

I plan to make a difference in leveling up the education of those with special needs by giving them specialized programs that help them get jobs.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Maybe interview to find range of interests for a broader voactional interest program that trains kids with special needs for jobs.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Staff Development

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Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Religious minority (non-Christian)

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I think your idea to include students with special needs in science activities is very inspiring!