Bronxdale hosts annual science fair for visually impaired students

The New York Institute for Special Education recently hosted an annual science fair, featuring rising scientists from the Bronx. The theme of this year’s event was “chemical reaction,” and all projects were displayed in braille to accommodate visually impaired students from preschool to 12th grade. Despite facing unique challenges, the students were excited to share their work with others.

One of the students, Nestor Alfonso, a junior in high school, emphasized how important it is for visually impaired students to have access to hands-on science projects like this. These opportunities are typically offered in public schools but are not always available to special education students.

Despite the challenges they faced, the students were able to demonstrate their scientific abilities and passion for learning through their projects on topics such as solar energy, invisible ink, and slime. The science fair was a successful showcase of their hard work and creativity and highlighted the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in science education. It allowed all students, regardless of visual impairments, to participate and excel in STEM fields.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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