All children, regardless of ability, deserve to be exposed to the sciences and the arts in a simultaneously fun and educational manner. As a first step towards turning this idea into reality, I worked with the Iowa City Autism Community and the University of Iowa Spectrum Project as well as the Latham Science Engagement Initiative to start a new program that combines the arts and sciences for children with autism. The program, called Spectrum S.T.E.A.M., met twice over the course of this semester. Each day the kids, parents, and volunteers explored different topics in S.T.E.M., astronomy the first day and engineering the second day, through visual art and music. Hopefully, Spectrum S.T.E.A.M. will become an annual program, ideally meeting every few weeks for one semester per year. My overall goal for the project is to show children with differing abilities that they are just as able to get involved in the sciences and arts as so-called able-bodied or neurotypical children and encourage them to explore S.T.E.A.M.
Copyright © 2018 Anjah Droe
Droe, Anjah, "Spectrum S.T.E.A.M." (2018). Latham Science Communication Project. 30.