The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields. This year, students will hear from world-famous scientist Temple Grandin, who is a highly regarded expert in the field of animal behavior and celebrated speaker on her experiences with autism.
Dr. Grandin is a proponent of developing young people’s minds by introducing interesting concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which is where we’ll find the great jobs of tomorrow. People with disabilities are currently underrepresented in these fields despite recent advances in the accessibility of information technology and other tools used by working professionals.
As the title of her 2010 TED talk suggests, Dr. Grandin believes that the world needs all kinds of minds. And she should know. Dr. Grandin overcame the limitations imposed on her by society’s perception of autism to become a top scientist. She credits her special mind – her gifts for visual thinking and attention to detail – with helping her to design innovative humane handling systems that revolutionized the livestock industry.
Whether you are a visual thinker, a pattern thinker, a verbal thinker, Dr. Grandin says, “We’ve got to think about all these different kinds of minds, and we’ve got to absolutely work with these kind of minds, because we absolutely are going to need these kind of people in the future.”
Students will leave the event with a better understanding of the many professional possibilities available and the inspiration to pursue STEM careers.
Online registration will open August 15 2016. This is an intimate event with space limited to 350 people, and we’ll take registrants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Watch the video to see what last year’s attendees had to say.
How do I find out more? Follow us on Twitter @STEMshowcase to stay informed. Questions? Contact Liani Yirka at STEMshowcase@gmail.com or 919.707.9887. Interested in past events? Watch the archived recordings.
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