Get in Touch with Your Future

STEM Career Expo for Students Who Are Visually Impaired or Blind

Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration is from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Carnegie Mellon University
Jarod L. Cohon University Center Building
5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

We welcome students, parents and teachers to this FREE event sponsored by Pittsburgh OVR/Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services to learn about the many exciting career opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired!
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1. Meet with and learn from successful individuals who are blind or visually impaired and work in the STEM fields
2. Attend presentations by Space Camp, Google and more
3. Learn how science labs can be made accessible
4. Interact with a robot
5. Check out a 3D printer in action
6. Learn what Carnegie Mellon University has to offer
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Even if you never seriously considered Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) careers, this event is an excellent opportunity for career exploration, networking and hands-on exposure to exciting technology that can help you succeed. *Free parking and lunch will be provided.

4 Ways to Register: Via the QR code/link below by using your Smartphone, by pressing the Control key and clicking on the QR Code, by calling Shari Dipietro at 412-565-3679 or emailing her at shdipietro@pa.gov

For more information, contact Lawrence Shock at (412) 565-5521 or lshock@pa.gov.

The Day At-A-Glance:

The Art of Letting Go by Tina Calabro: A family’s love is redefined by their child’s struggle with vision loss. Tina will talk with parents and teachers about strategies and techniques to help a child with vision loss become more independent and self-reliant. http://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2013/06/02/A-family-s-journey-with-cerebral-palsy/stories/201306020224

Lucas Gray will share his expertise as a math teacher who happens to have a visual impairment.

Krista King is a pharmacist at UPMC who is experiencing vision loss due to a traumatic brain injury she had as a child. She will share with attendees her experience requesting accommodations in school and in the workplace.

Occupational Therapist Dana Aravich will share what she has learned adapting the instruments and tools she uses in her job to compensate for her vision loss.

Ashley Neybert is a research scientist who happens to be blind and will be on site to demonstrate the adaptive equipment she uses at her job. http://www.blindscience.org/supalo

Carnegie Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired will demonstrate the 3D Printer they use to make tactile maps. https://3dprinting.com/what-is-3d-printing/

Space Camp for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Just because I can’t see the stars, doesn’t mean I can’t reach for them! http://www.tsbvi.edu/space/programs.htm

Google will present on how computers process data.

Meet Baxter, the robot who is redefining how we think about travel and using robotics! http://www.techbridgeworld.org/assistiverobots/

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