One hundred and ten middle and high school students with disabilities in the Oklahoma City Schools participate in year round, innovative, in-depth activities using the Tech Now curriculum; engage in individual projects, visit college and technology
Tech-Success is a three year service project geared toward fostering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and interests among 110 middle school students with disabilities. Building upon a successful after–school High School High Tech program established by a private–nonprofit company, Tech-Now, Inc., the University of Oklahoma plans to create innovative STEM activities for targeted students. To further ensure success of the program, this effort will be guided by lessons–learned from 40 years of experience by the National Center for Disability Education and Training in training and developing a variety of service programs targeting citizens with disabilities. The importance of the proposed work is well–documented based on national, state and local data indicating that students with disabilities frequently lack exposure to IT and STEM opportunities in their educational programs and are underrepresented in IT and STEM careers.