NSF funds programme to bring computational science to hearing impaired

Durham 13 June 2000The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year $450.000 grant to the Shodor Education Foundation Inc., based in Durham, North Carolina, to develop curricula and technical signing techniques which will help the teachers incorporate computational science into instructional programmes for hearing impaired students.


The project is called "SUCCEED HI", which stands for Simulating Understanding of Computational science through Collaboration, Exploration, Experiment and Discovery for students suffering from Hearing Impairments.

Shodor, which is an active partner in the Education, Outreach, and Training Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure programme (EOT-PACI), will work on this project with partners from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who participate in the Education of Deaf Children Programme; the Central North Carolina School for the Deaf; Interpreters Inc.; and the National Technical Institute of the Deaf.

SUCCEED HI aims to help hearing impaired students and their teachers use emerging technologies, such as computer modelling and simulations, in the classroom. According to the Shodor Executive Director, Robert Panoff, these students and teachers are in danger of being left behind by the technology revolution. Programmes for the hearing impaired that make use of advanced technologies, especially those which incorporate computational science, are rare.

Robert R. Gotwals Jr., a computational science educator at Shodor, has been appointed as the project leader and has extensive experience in teaching and developing materials for the hearing impaired. Robert Panoff is co-Principal Investigator for the project.

Leslie Versweyveld

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