Making for All: Reaching people with disabilities in National Science Week
Every Australian deserves the opportunity to participate in science and technology. That’s why we’ve designed STEM engagement activities to meet the unique needs of people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
To boost the participation of our disability community during National Science Week 2020 on 15 – 23 August, Making for All: Reaching people with disabilities will feature among more than 1000 events across the country. Supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, we’ll send
550 or so circuit-making kits to disability organisations around Victoria. The kits have been designed for young adults with sensory, significant motor or cognitive disabilities so everyone, regardless of skill level, can learn to make their own technology.
The maker kits contain easy-to-use components, such as large foam blocks that can be pushed together with the back of a hand. Conductive tape replaces fiddly fine wires traditionally used in circuit-making. And a button cell battery powers an LED light or vibration motor – either as a stand-alone or fanciful feature in arts and crafts.
If you’d like to learn more about Making for All during National Science Week, or to get involved, please email Dr Kirsten Ellis.
Once you complete your circuit-making activities, we hope you’ll take part in some exciting research and tell us how you went with our maker kits. We’ll also ask you to share a photo of yourself with your creation, demonstrating how much people with disabilities can do in STEM when given the right opportunity.