Title: Promoting Diversity and Accessibility and Developing BVI STEM Outreach Activities with Volunteer Research Scientists

Promoting diversity and independent accessibility in STEM is an important objective for NSF funded research Centers.  Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) support interdisciplinary research and education of the highest quality.   MRSECs work to improve STEM appreciation with emphasis on increasing participation in STEM and success of women, underrepresented minorities and people with disabilities.   Our goal for our Broader Impact is increasing accessibility for all and achieving a diverse STEM community.  Programs include PUMA, Dia de la Ciencia, REU, PREM and partnering with ISLAND and new initiative developing outreach activities for children who are blind or visually impaired (BVI).

We discuss programs to improve access and diversity partnerships foe improving efforts.  We discuss our newest initiative developing informal science education experiences BVI audiences, working with partners such as Dr. Cary Supalo, planning and development of modules, training research scientists, partnerships, with NFB, regional Braille Challenge organizations and others.

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