Engineering Exoplanets for Exceptional Children - Science Central

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Overview

Engineering Exoplanets for Exceptional Children is a STEM lab that is specific to children with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities designed so that it can be easily adapted to different needs. The lab consists of a two-part webinar: the first webinar would cover the design phase and the second webinar would be the solution phase.

 
 

Goals

  1. STEM lab webinar that is easily adaptable for the needs of special education students.

  2. Develop a pre-webinar questionnaire that addresses the needs of a classroom of students with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.

  3. Create a set of criteria and constraints based on existing planets (example, gas giants vs. terrestrial planet, planets vs dwarf planets, etc.) students must then work within these constraints to design of a new planet.

Audience

Engineering Exoplanets for Exceptional Children was designed for children with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.

Recommendations for future implementations

The program had some of the most beneficial moments of learning from the Science Central presenter interacting with the student’s model exoplanets. It is recommended that this program should have some way of accomplishing this, whether you have a Magic Planet, an interactive smart board, or a merge cube or any other interactive medium