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Subject: May 16 Enrollment Deadline Approaching: Exploratory summer sessions for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for students who are legally blind, grades 5-8

Source: Missouri School for the Blind, St. Louis, Missouri

Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Special Education Teachers, Directors of Special Education, Principals, and Parents   

Date: May 11, 2012

Event Dates: (enrollment deadline May 18)

Session 1 - Mission to Mars, July 9-20 

Session 2 - CSI Summer, July 23-August 3  

Missouri School for the Blind (MSB) is offering Missouri students who are blind or visually impaired in grades 5-8 two summer sessions focused on developing students' abilities to access Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with increased independence.  Students will have instruction in and access to state-of-the-art equipment in MSB's newly renovated science and computer laboratories.  Students may enroll in one or both of the summer sessions if space is available.  There is no charge to students for participating in the STEM program or for room and board. 

Summer STEM participants will work in collaborative teams to solve problems, explore concepts, and develop scientific inquiry skills that can be transferred to the regular curriculum.  In addition to organized STEM activities, participants will practice community-based orientation and mobility emphasizing the use of public transportation and safely accessing unfamiliar environments for both learning and leisure recreation.  Students will have the opportunity to foster new friendships and practice activities of daily living skills designed to increase independence in the home and school environment.

For more information, see our website at http://www.msb.dese.mo.gov/.  For questions on course content and/or eligibility for enrollment, contact Joy Waddell, Assistant Superintendent, at 314-776-4320 (ext. 1140) or joyce.waddell@msb.dese.mo.gov.  For questions related to transportation and housing, contact Marsha Bryant, Coordinator of Residential Services, at 314-776-4320 (ext. 1200) or marsha.bryant@msb.dese.mo.gov.