The University of Arizona (UA) Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration of Mentorship for Students with Visual Impairments in STEM (POEM) is a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project designed to introduce visually impaired middle and high school students to career possibilities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Currently, 10 visually impaired students from across Arizona are participating in the program, which launched this month with a weeklong stay at UA's Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, where the students participated in an adapted version of Sky School, a K-12 science education program.
The goal of the 14-month Project POEM is to "come up with ways to motivate our own students—have them be equipped with the knowledge and ability and power to seek opportunities or become a scientist with visual impairment," says UA's Sunggye Hong.
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