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UNF associate instructor partners with organization to inspire curiosity in STEM through American Sign Language (ASL)

May 20, 2024

Stultz with Atomic Hands teamMichael Stultz, associate instructor at the University of North Florida, is enhancing STEM education for the Deaf community through his work with Atomic Hands. This mission-driven organization, co-founded by Dr. Barbara Spiecker, a Research Scientist at the University of New Hampshire, and Dr. Alicia Wooten, an Associate Professor of Biology at Gallaudet University, fosters curiosity in STEM through ASL-centric resources, creates engaging STEM-related videos and encourages networking among Deaf STEMists.

In February 2020, Dr. Spiecker and Dr. Wooten presented their innovative approach at the Florida ASL Teachers Association conference held at the University of North Florida. Last year, Stultz conducted a video session in Washington, D.C. featuring “My First Science Textbook: Atoms,” authored by Mary Kissinger. This session is available for viewing here. His engaging presentation provided a valuable resource for Deaf students, helping them understand fundamental scientific concepts through ASL.

Recently, Stultz has been actively involved in coaching two talented Deaf women in creating educational videos based on children’s books by Mary Kissinger. He made two trips to Washington, D.C. to support Kim Hodge, a Deaf veterinarian, in signing “Women in Biology,” and Brianna Herold, a Deaf data engineer, in signing “Women in Physics.” These videos are part of a broader effort to highlight the contributions of women in STEM fields and make their stories accessible to Deaf audiences.

Looking ahead, Stultz is excited to continue his collaboration with Barbara and Alicia. They are set to sign additional children’s books from the “My First Science Textbook” series, including “Protons and Neutrons” and “Electrons” in October 2024. This ongoing partnership promises to further enrich the educational resources available to Deaf students and inspire a new generation of STEM enthusiasts.