Assistive technology can be a device or service that helps children with disabilities participate more independently within their environment at home or school.
The Simon Technology Center (STC) is dedicated to making the benefits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities. Through a collaborated effort involving parents, professionals, and consumers, the STC can provide numerous services for your family, as well as resources and informative answers to your questions. Since 1987, the Simon Technology Center has helped many children and adults, with a variety of disabilities, use assistive technology to enhance learning, work and independence.
Símores are delicious when cooked over a campfire, but have you ever made them using a solar oven? Donít miss this exciting hands-on workshop that will explore the fundamentals of solar energy, heat, and radiation. Led by the Green Girls Ė a team of middle school students from Eagan Robotics Ė this STEM Club workshop will give participants the opportunity to design and build a solar oven to cook tasty treats and create an explosive foamy volcano using just a few common ingredients.
Managing Life the Smart Way with
Technology for Teens
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Does managing homework, time, and health
sometimes feel overwhelming for your youth?
Technology can help! Participants will learn
how smartphones, tablets, and computers, can
help students more independently manage
school work, time, and wellness. Family
strategies for using technology to foster
independence will also be discussed. This
workshop is designed for students in middle
school and up, and their parents.
From high-tech gadgets to technology that supports everything from play to learning to employment, there will be plenty to explore and try at the Simon Technology Center Family Fun Day and Tech Expo.
Children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them can explore the possibilities of assistive technology and enjoy interacting with a variety of devices for infants, toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Children can test drive a robot, ride adaptive bikes, stop by the photo booth, or visit the do-it-yourself technology station. The event is free but advance registration is required.
Going to School: Telepresence and
Robotics in the Classroom
Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
For students with a disability or a special health
care need that prevents them from attending
school, telepresence and robotic technology
can offer access to learning and the classroom.
This workshop will explore telepresence and
robotic technologies for students, discuss
challenges that may arise, and offer success
Leveraging Technology to Improve
Date: Thursday, October 08, 2015
Executive function skills are vital for daily living. Challenges with these abilities may appear at any age and can change over time. This workshop will explore tools and strategies to help with attention, memory, planning, organization, time management, and self-monitoring. A person-first framework will be used to consider and select the right tools to help individuals with disabilities move toward independence in a variety of settings including education and employment for transition ages.
The Simon Technology and its projects are generously sponsored by private donations and the following foundations:3M, Boston Scientific, Donaldson Foundation, Ecolab, Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, Grotto Foundation, IBM, Medtronic, Minneapolis Rotary Community Service Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Schulze Family Foundation, Verizon, and Xcel Energy. In kind support provided by Accenture and Target.