Saturday, July 12, 2008

Visually impaired students enjoy chemistry workshop!

If seeing is believing, then these high school students show you don't have to see to learn.
Nine high school students from all around the state spent a week at Cal Poly getting hands-on experience in the school's chemistry labs. But their instruction required a different kind of teaching, since all the students were visually impaired.

Dennis Fantin is a chemistry instructor and organizer of the workshops. He too is blind.
"I want students to feel empowered to be able to learn about the world around them and not be deprived from information," said Fantin.

Students were able to use their other senses during the workshop. One experiment allowed students to tell the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats just by touching them.


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