Area Middle Schoolers get a Taste of STEM at the CMU Workshop

Building Books for the Blind

Sitting on a parent’s lap reading aloud to them a book like “The Cat in the Hat” is one of the joys of growing up — a joy some children who are blind or visually impaired don’t get to experience.

Stepping up to change that were 13 area middle school students who applied to come to Central Michigan University’s first Build a Better Book experience last week at the Center for Excellence in STEM Education in the College of Education and Human Services.

They came to learn how to build a prototype of a book that could eventually be used by a child who is blind. In the process, they learned STEM skills.

Building books and budding engineers

Like engineers, the children, with the help of CMU student mentors, went through several of the steps of what is called design thinking, said Julie Cunningham, director of the STEM center. They moved from empathizing with the eventual users through generating ideas, to building a prototype…..

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