Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

SciAccess Zenith Mentorship Program

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Do you have a student who is interested in outer space? Do you know someone with visual impairment who wants to become involved in real astronomy research? Do you have a student who wants to learn about college life from a university mentor? Do you know someone who is excited to learn from space scientists? If so, invite them join the SciAccess Zenith Mentorship Program

Zenith is a virtual afterschool program that offers space science mentorship for students who are blind and low vision (BLV) in grades 8–12. College mentors are paired with BLV students who are interested in space science so they can learn more about scientific research, outer space, and college life. During the program, students receive group and one-on-one mentorship. They get to connect with other BLV students and hear talks from professional astronomers, physicists, and aerospace engineers. The students also have the opportunity to participate in the citizen science project Transient Zoo, which uses sonified (audio only) data to identify supernovae. At the conclusion of the program, students give their own presentation on a space-related topic of their choosing. 

Zenith is supported by The Ohio State University’s Department of Astronomy and the SciAccess Initiative, an international organization devoted to increasing diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Mentors are undergraduate and graduate student volunteers from OSU’s Departments of Astronomy, Physics, and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. The program is 13 weeks long and entirely virtual. They will meet Mondays at 6:00pm–7:15pm ET from September 20th to December 13th. Please note that due university policy, adult supervision is required for all meetings. 

Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis depending on mentor availability. If you have any questions, please feel free to rcontact them at zenith@osu.edu. Their website is https://u.osu.edu/zenith/.