stem-grants

students with disabilities use stem grant to transform learning

After receiving an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant, the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind used the dollars to purchase an augmented reality sandbox, which enhances the learning process and provides a hands-on resource for hearing and visually impaired students.

Technology is reimagining school classrooms and curriculums, and many teachers and school administrators must look to outside funding sources to purchase the latest tech tools. Rose Crews, a science teacher at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, encouraged area farmers to nominate her school to apply for a $10,000 grant from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. A few months after applying, she learned the school would be awarded the funds. The school used the money to purchase an augmented reality sandbox, which allows visually and hearing impaired students to create and learn about geographic landmasses, such as mountains, valleys and rivers through an interactive motion camera. Because area farmers played a role by nominating the school to apply for the grant, Rose and her students welcomed the farmers to school for a state-of-the-art science lesson.

We came across a video of the sandbox and I was just enthralled with the possibilities that I could use within the science classroom, but also with history and geography, and for our special needs students to feel and touch… This gives blind students the chance to actually get hands on
ROSE CREWS, SCIENCE TEACHER, IDAHO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND

For more information on America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education and how farmers are rooting for rural, click here.