Specialized Programs Science Fair brings hands-on learning to students with special needs


The first annual Specialized Programs Science Fair was held at Thomas Jefferson High School on March 2.

Students from the Functional Living Skills program, the Total Communication/Autism program, and the Activities of Daily Living program participated in the fair. Projects ranged from the use of static electricity to animate butterfly wings to the design of a homemade cell phone charger. All of the participants enjoyed explaining their projects to the judges.

Special thanks

Loni Coots, Jared Tavares, and Jonathan Kramer from the STEM Science Department volunteered to judge the event. Lisa Trent-Wilder checked the projects and made sure that each project met certain guidelines.

Thomas Jefferson High School donated the space and support for the event. Laura Lyle, Evelyn J. Watts, Dr. Raquel Galvan, and Sandi Massey made this possible.

Thanks to the dedicated teachers and staff who pulled this event together. Teachers Dorcas Kassebaum from McNair Elementary, Jessica Degnan from North Dallas High School, Megan Vance and Kristen Neal from Lang Middle School, and Heidi Zeko from Hexter Elementary led the charge and were supported by Special Education staff, parents and family members.

A great time was had by all!

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