RTP Photo Gallery
In this section we post slide shows highlighting various projects sponsored by RTP. There are far too many photos available to publish them all, so we hope the rotating slide shows give a flavor of what happens at various RTP projects. Come back often for updates!
RASSI Summer Institute 2011
The RASSI Summer Institute was held June 13-17 here is a brief slideshow featuring some of the activities students participated in during the week long camp.
Assistive Technology Device Workshop Photos
Assistive technology (AT) devices are "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capacity of individuals with disabilities" (20 U.S.C. 1401). This project will focus on training a teacher/student pair on three selected computer based AT devices such as the Kurzweil 3000 computer software package, the Magic Wand computer input device and Kensington programmable track balls. Appropriately applied AT may be one of the greatest equalizing forces in the education and meaningful inclusion of students with disabilities both in terms of promoting access to the general curriculum and in facilitating the ability of students to demonstrate mastery of that knowledge (Bryant, Erin, Lock, Allan & Resta, 1998; Michaels, 2000; Michaels, Prezant, Morabito, & Jackson, 2002).
Participant pairs of teachers and students will attend a full day workshop to train them in the appropriate use of a given Computer AT targeted specifically at the student's disability. RASEM-Squared Mentors with expertise in the AT will provide expert advice, and assistive technologists will be available for mentoring during the workshops.
Dona Ana Branch Community College Services for Students with Disabilities and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) for New Mexico provided presenters and accommodation expertise for the workshop.
Enjoy the slideshow!
LEGO Mindstorming Project
LEGO Mindstorming project was a five week hands-on project that provided high school students the opportunity to work with basic engineering, computer programming, robotics, and circuitry. Students from local high schools worked with RTP mentors and staff to assemble and program various types of robots. Students used LEGO Mindstorm and VEXplorer kits in order to cover the many different disciplines in engineering, computer science, and technology.
• Interpreting diagrams
• Following instructions
• Problem solving
• Communications skills
The main goal of the project was to get students, especially students with disabilities, to further pursue educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics.
"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Continuing Grant No. HRD 0622930."
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