Women In Defense, Tennessee Valley Chapter works with local schools to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) tools to science teachers for hands-on use in the classroom. A recent project, funded by a grant from WID TVC, was developed to address and dispel the myths that surround dyslexia.

The project concept, originated by Greengate School in Huntsville, AL, was designed and developed into a 3-D STEM exhibit by a team of senior mechanical/aerospace engineering students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Greengate School serves as a dyslexia resource for the community and works to raise awareness of issues surrounding those with dyslexia. The school offers a challenging curriculum to students in a responsive learning environment where students can build skills required for future success.

The exhibit was unveiled at the school on December 1, 2015, to teachers, parents, and students. The exhibit is mobile and, when not on display in the school’s lobby, it will be used in conjunction with presentations the school makes on dyslexia education.

“This is one of 20 projects that we have built and delivered to the Tennessee Valley schools and to Sci-Quest over the course of the last seven years,” said Debbie Fraley, STEMi Director for Women In Defense, Tennessee Valley Chapter. “We plan to continue with our program to encourage young people to go to into STEM fields with their higher education and career choices.”

The ultimate goal of the STEM initiative (STEMi) is to support the local community and offer students the tools to further their interest in pursuing technical careers.