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Programs for P-12 Students

STEM LC Hosts STEAM Celebration for Inclusive Populations

Saturday, April 06, 2019

The STEM Learning Cooperative held UNCW’s fourth annual STEAM celebration for inclusive populations on April 12.  The event, geared toward special education learners, is an official event of the 2019 North Carolina Science Festival.

The ChangeMakers event featured interactive activities for elementary school children through adults with learning disabilities. Amy Moody and a team of faculty, staff and students were on hand to help more than 100 participants experience a maker space.

“The day was magical,” Moody said.  “The students enjoyed engineering items including brush bots, fidget pencils, grabbers, and musical instruments. This event brings me tremendous joy each year because everyone is welcome to participate and they shine. Twenty-five students from a local elementary school left shouting, ‘best day ever!’ This is why I love my job!”

Moody is an associate professor and director of WCW’s Center for Assistive Technology. The Center serves as a lending site for individuals with disabilities and those who provide education, therapy, intervention and care for them. The Center is part of the STEM Learning Cooperative, which capitalizes on-campus and community partnerships to provide STEM learning opportunities.

Heddy Clark director of the STEM Learning Cooperative at UNCW’s Watson College of Education, authored an article about the ChangeMakers event. The story was published in The Sampson Independent on April 18: Making a change for all students.


StarNews, March 28: Making STEM Accessible for all