With growing workforce demand in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, it has become a national goal to broaden participation in STEM fields. Deaf people are underrepresented in STEM professions, with only 0.13-0.19% of deaf and hard of hearing people working in STEM fields compared to 11-15.3% of the general population. Teachers working with deaf students struggle with the lack of American Sign Language (ASL) resources that will serve as effective tools for fostering, engaging, and assessing student understanding of STEM concepts in ASL.
This factsheet describes a 2017 Science Transfer project led by Waquoit Bay Reserve that addresses these barriers by developing video modules in American Sign Language, providing professional development for teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, and field experiences for their students. The factsheet details the project approach, anticipated benefits, anticipated products, and targeted end users.