Embrace the Earth Live STEM Event


Embrace The Earth – Live STEM Event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Middle School Students

Keeping your kids engaged and interested with distance learning can be a struggle. To help address that, CSD Learns and RIT/NTID have partnered together again to provide another deaf education resource: an exciting live STEM event for deaf and hard of hearing middle school students to celebrate Earth Day!

On Tuesday, April 21st from 12 to 2 p.m. EST your deaf students can tune in and participate from home. It’s free to register!

This Earth Day event will be focused on how we can reduce our impact on the environment. Host, Mick Posner, a deaf educator at a public high school and a community college, along with four deaf and hard of hearing STEM professionals will guide your students through a series of interactive STEM activities that can easily be done at home!

“Our youth are taking a very serious interest in climate issues,” explained Brian Milburn, Program Manager of CSD Learns. “We want to make sure that there are enough educational opportunities available to give our students the experience they need to be knowledgeable about their convictions.”

Engage students with exciting STEM-focused activities lead by Deaf role models!

This event serves as a great resource for parents and educators who are in the process of transitioning to online teaching. It will also give your deaf and hard of hearing students a chance to learn from deaf and hard of hearing role models.

“At the end of the day, we want to accomplish two things,” explained Milburn. “First, we want deaf and hard of hearing middle schoolers to see role models like them working successfully in STEM, and secondly, we want to be able to provide quality educational resources in ASL.”

Parents, teachers and students – don’t miss out on this fun and FREE online event.

Join us on Tuesday, April 21st from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST to meet deaf and hard of hearing STEM professionals, participate in at-home STEM activities, and learn what we can do to protect our planet. This event will feature ASL-interpreted instruction, as well as captions, so it will be fully accessible to all who wish to participate.


Meet The Panelists

Song Hoa Choi: Statistician 

Song is currently working as an information analyst at two different sites: National Center for Deaf Health Research and Dye Lab in the University of Rochester Medical Center. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and from Oregon State University with a master’s in statistics. 

Amie Sankoh: Plant Biologist 

Amie is a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Amie earned an associate of applied science degree in laboratory science technology and a BS in biochemistry  from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Barbara Spiecker: Marine Biologist 

Barbara is a PhD candidate in marine biology and teaches undergraduate Introduction to Biology at Oregon State University. She earned her MS in marine biology from Northeastern University and a BS in biology from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is also a co-founder of Atomic Hands. 

Dr. Alicia Wooten: Research Immunologist

Alicia’s love of science led her to study Biomedical Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She completed a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Rochester to gain more experience and study HIV in the brain. She currently teaches biology at Gallaudet University and is the co-founder of Atomic Hands. 

Embrace the Earth Teachers Toolkit 

In addition to our Earth Day live STEM event, we worked with RIT/NTID to create a series of STEM activities, resources and lessons plans that can be easily used at home and through online teaching.   

In this Teacher’s Toolkit, you will find a week’s worth of instructional content and lesson plans that will supplement what is covered in the live STEM event. 

Our Embrace the Earth Toolkit features five distinct lesson plans. Learn more about each below:  

Day One: The History of Earth Day 

Introduce your students to Earth Day and its history 

Day Two: What is a Carbon Footprint 

Teach about the impact of carbon footprints on the environment and how it can be reduced. 

Day Three: The Greenhouse Effect 

Demonstrate the ways heat is trapped in the air and how carbon dioxide can be reduced. 

Day Four: The Three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle 

Start students on understanding the ways to improve the environment. 

Day Five: Meet Our Role Models 

Finish up the week by meeting the deaf and hard of hearing role models working in a field that directly impacts our environment.  

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