STEM-finity Wars launches 2019 campaign in Mobile
Students from the Mobile area gathered at Bishop State Community College in late March to participate in STEM-finity Wars.
The Marvel Universe-themed event, which was sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, is an interactive transition program that provides valuable information, resources, and experiences to eighth- through 12th-grade students who are blind or have low vision, their parents, and teachers.
The group received information about the tools they need to succeed in life, including assistive technology, accessibility, self-advocacy, and other strategies for transition planning.
The objectives of STEM-finity Wars are to:
- Emphasize the importance of blindness skills
- Offer mentorship experience
- Promote the use of blindness skills
- Encourage critical thinking
- Promote practical technology integration
- Encourage peer interaction
- Offer teamwork opportunities
Students are divided into teams that participate in “stone” training sessions, where they learn about the skills each stone represents.
Classes are taught by experienced Heroes (instructors). The teams rotate through all stations and then receive a scavenger hunt checklist that includes clues and tasks that will help them obtain each of the stones. All team members must participate and contribute.
The first team to gather all the stones wins the STEM-finity Wars and is awarded the Gauntlet.
Additional sessions are planned for April 12 in Huntsville and April 24 in Auburn.