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Speaker: Laura Gilmour / Zeppelin123. University of Alberta. Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Psychology, M.Ed. Special Education, B.A. Psychology, Autistic Self-Advocate.
Stairway to STEM, a National Science Foundation-funded organization helps autistic succeed in post-secondary education. Resources created are geared towards families, autistic students, educators and policymakers. In some cases, online spaces allow autistic people to engage in experiences that would otherwise be out of reach for them. Improving the accessibility of post-secondary education through technology helps autistic people to “reach for the stars” and may lead to gainful employment.
- Define the role of Stairway to STEM in helping autistic students succeed
- Describe the potential for SL to improve outreach and accessibility of STEM education
Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation
Host: Asmita Duranjaya
“MindScape” is related to brain research and what can refer to the human mind, how to develop, inspire and care for or manipulate it. 15 artists have created either a 2D or a 3D work referring to the topic by adding his or her idea, be it more realistic-physical or more mental or philosophical abstract. The 3D area is a moon landscape, where the 50-prim-installations are presented.
- Participants will be able to observe the installations and pictures and to interact with them.
- Participants will be motivated to develop their own idea about what MIND can be and do for them.
Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation. Bots provide information on the art installations.
Access: Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nice%20Atoll/185/142/3685
Hosts: Thuja Hynes; Emilin Nakamori; Ronda Barbosa. Virtual Mechanics
Scientific experimentation with prim physics offers rewarding results as play, for rigorous control process, for sole and collaborative problem solving and learning, and for application in functional mechanical systems. The Havok Physics Engine provides a consistent set of functions, constants and parameters, for conducting verifiable scientific research. Teaching the fundamental principles and basic techniques is inspiring and fun for both instructors and students.
- Participants will be immersed in the Physics Laboratory, with demonstrations of local physics.
- Participants will build unscripted mechanisms powered by local physics.
Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool
Access: Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/113/48/22