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Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCI-VIS) is a weeklong camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, that helps middle and high school students who are blind or who have low vision to learn about space and space-related technology.

Access to Advancement, Part II: Anneliese DeVyldere

Anneliese DeVyldere is an honors student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a school she learned about while attending Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCI-VIS). Anneliese attended the camp three times during high school and says the experience was transformative. SCI-VIS helped her to develop leadership skills and to discover her interest in aerospace engineering.

TechGirlz is a weeklong summer camp at the Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY, for middle school girls who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The camp uses hands-on activities to make STEM subjects fun and interesting.

Access to Advancement, Part II: Dr. Angela Lee Foreman

Dr. Angela Lee Foreman is an assistant professor of biology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). She is also an instructor at TechGirlz, a summer camp at RIT/NTID for young girls who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. In addition to science-based skills, Dr. Foreman teaches the campers to speak up for themselves.

MIND Alliance is designed to increase interest in STEM fields among minority students with disabilities, and helps them transition into STEM-based academic programs and careers. The program emphasizes cultural sensitivity, while offering tutoring, mentoring, internships, and career assessment and counseling. And through field trips and hands-on activities, students in the program learn that science can be fun and interesting.

The DO-IT program at the University of Washington aims to increase the success of people with disabilities in college and careers. AccessSTEM, a project within DO-IT, works directly with high schools and colleges in the Seattle, WA area to assist students with the transition to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics academic programs and employment.

Access to Advancement, Part II: Patricia Walsh

Patricia Walsh is a successful computer scientist. However, there was a time during college when she struggled with her grades and questioned her education choices. She credits a role model and the AccessSTEM program with helping her get to where she is today.

Her-Story, Then: Hypatia

(370?-415 C.E.). Today's students can thank this 4th century mathematician for making geometry courses easier to understand.

Her-Story, Now: Empowering Women Students in Engineering: Mentornet

MentorNet is a web-based national electronic mentoring network for undergraduate and graduate women students in engineering and science, linking students with industry and research professionals. Allison Dunne reports.

The University of Maryland's award-winning program that attracts and keeps young women interested in high-technology and computer science throughout college and beyond. Brian Shields reports.

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