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ASP2021: A Virtual Conference

ASP2021: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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    9:45 AM - 10:35 AM: Concurrent Session 9D: 9:45 am PST (12:45 pm EST) - Oral Presentations
    NASA's Neurodiversity Network: Creating Inclusive Informal Learning Across the Spectrum
    Conference Strand: Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access & Social Justice
    Lynn Cominsky, Sonoma State University
    Bryan Mendez, UC Berkeley
    Wendy Martin, Education Development Center
    Ariana Riccio, Education Development Center
    Laura Peticolas, Sonoma State University
    Andrew Grillo-Hill, WestEd
    Abstract of Session/Presentation: NASA's Neurodiversity Network (N3) is the first SciAct program that is broadening participation by specifically targeting neurodiverse (ND) learners: our focus is mainly on autistic high school students who aim to transition to college studies in STEM. N3's goal is to provide a pathway to NASA participation and eventual employment for ND learners with special interests related to NASA science and engineering. Each summer, we plan to support at least 10 paid internships that are mentored by NASA Subject Matter Experts. We will also reach the larger ND community by collaboratively redesigning existing NASA informal educational resources with significant input and participation from ND learners together with their instructors. A subset of the redeveloped resources will then be further tested for use in museums and other informal venues, and by SciAct partners. In this talk, some of the highlights of the projects completed by the first cohort of summer interns will be presented, and details of the remote astronomy activities that are undergoing the collaborative redesign process will be described. We will also discuss plans for future redesign efforts and preliminary results of the internship program evaluation.