Embrace The Earth – STEM Education Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Middle School Students

by | Jun 9, 2020

Embrace The Earth

Keeping your kids engaged and interested with distance learning can be a struggle. To help address that, CSD Learns and RIT/NTID partnered together to provide an exciting deaf education resource: a live STEM event for deaf and hard of hearing middle school students to celebrate Earth Day 2020.

You can now view this live STEM event on-demand with your students! It’s a fantastic way to get your middle-school-age children excited about science, technology, engineering, and math.

Parents, teachers, and students – don’t miss out on this fun and FREE online education resource!

This Earth Day event 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, guides students through a series of interactive STEM activities that can easily be done at home!

The recording features ASL-interpreted instruction, as well as captions, so it is fully accessible to all who wish to participate.

Engage students with exciting STEM-focused activities led by Deaf role models! Use our Teacher Toolkits to extend the lessons!

This live STEM 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.

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. Throughout the Toolkit’s presentation material, you will find videos of Mick Posner, the host of the live STEM event, explaining concepts of Earth Day in an engaging fashion.

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.   

Meet The Panelists

Headshot of Song Hoa Choi
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.  

Headshot of Amie Sankoh
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. 

Headshot of Barbara Spiecker
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.  

Headshot of Dr. Alicia Wooten
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.  


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