In late February, the New York Hall of Science hosted a free, 5-day winter camp attended by autistic middle-school learners. The 18 camp participants tested out NASA astronomy activities, curated by the NASA Neurodiversity Network (N3), as part of the N3 co-design process – a process that involves gathering input from autistic students who are engaged in NASA science education activities and using that input to improve the user experience for those activities.
The N3 project team is led by experienced NASA educators at Sonoma State University, together with autism education specialists from the Education Development Center and informal education experts from the New York Hall of Science, and aims to provide a pathway to NASA participation and STEM employment for neurodiverse learners, with a focus on those on the autism spectrum.
Learn more about NASA's Neurodiversity Network: https://science.nasa.gov/science-activation-team/nasa-neurodiversity-network
(NASA Science Activation Project Team Award Number: 80NSSC21M0004)