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Simon Technology Center Overview

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.


Services

The Simon Technology Center provides a variety of core services to help children, families, and professionals including:

Projects

The Simon Technology Center also operates several projects with specific focuses such as:

New in the STC LibraryVGo Robot

PACER’s Simon Technology Center is thrilled to add some new, cutting edge technology.

  • VGo Robot
  • UbiDuo Wireless Face to Face Communicato
  • Tobii Eye Mobile.

Check Them Out!

Featured Services and Projects

  • The STC Lending Library has launched a new modern online catalog of items!

    With more than 1,900 items, the Lending Library lets you try out and borrow some of the newest educational and disability-specific software and devices on the market including:

    • Text-to-speech software for reading accessibility
    • Speech-to-text software for improved written communication
    • Universally designed toys for playtime accessibility and inclusion
    • Communication devices for communication freedom
    • Computer access adaptations for independence
    • Talking calculators for improved independence with math

    The Simon Technology Center Lending Library allows you to try assistive technology before making a purchase decision and is open to Minnesota residents. Families, educators, and consumers who become library members benefit from personalized assistance, convenient hours and services. As a member, you can:

    • Receive personal assistance in selecting and checking out materials.
    • Try out devices and software.
    • Reserve, check-out, or renew items online, by phone, email or in person.
    • Schedule quick pick-up during regular business hours or library open hours.
    • Have items mailed to you for free if you live in Greater Minnesota.

    Become a member today.

Upcoming STC Workshops & Events

  • Tech for Teens Club : Open Lab

    Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 — 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Students are invited to practice the coding skills they developed in the Tech for Teens workshop series (Introduction to Coding and Video Games and Programming Robots).
  • Technology for Girls : Dough Creatures

    Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017 — 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    You can make an electrical circuit out of anything that conducts electricity like play dough. Middle school girls with disabilities will light up a room with electrifying play dough creations. Learn about insulators, conductors, and circuitry while making battery powered light up creatures. This event uses SciGirls curriculum and is hosted by the Green Girls robotics team from Eagan.
  • Tech for Teens Club : Science or Science Fiction? A Star Wars 3D Printed Universe

    Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Teens with disabilities learn from a professional in full Star Wars costume the science behind science fiction. Teens learn about 3D printing technology and walk through the engineering and design process in a hands-on simulated activity.
  • Tech for Teens Club : Open Lab

    Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 — 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Students are invited to practice the coding skills they developed in the Tech for Teens workshop series (Introduction to Coding and Video Games and Programming Robots).
  • Technology for Girls : Coding a Robot

    Date: Saturday, June 03, 2017 — 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Interested in robotics and learning how to code? Middle school girls with disabilities will learn about coding and will write their own code to guide a Finch Robot through a maze.
  • Tech for Teens Club : Building Websites

    Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017 — 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to the basics of coding for the internet with HTML and CSS. Students will create a website and publish it on the Internet as a way to learn about HTML tags, style sheets, and the basics of web hosting. Using Mozilla Thimble, students will get to experiment with code and see the results in real time. Students will then learn about web hosting by publishing their sites as a part of techforteens.com. Snacks will be provided.
  • Tech for Teens Club : Open Lab

    Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017 — 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Students are invited to practice the coding skills they developed in the Tech for Teens workshop series (Introduction to Coding and Video Games, Programming Robots, and Building Websites).
  • Tech for Teens Club : Building a Robot

    Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 — 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    In this workshop, teens with disabilities will assemble a robot and program it to respond to the environment. Using the EZ-Robot kits, students will expand on their knowledge from the Tech for Teens Club Code Workshop Programming Robots in order to build a robot that can distinguish between different objects and interact with its surroundings. Snacks will be provided.
  • Technology for Girls : Become a Detective

    Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017 — 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Ever wonder what its like to be a detective? Join us to find out! In this workshop, middle school girls with disabilities will learn about areas of the brain, Morse code and fingerprinting. Participants will make brain hats, bracelets with their names in Morse code, and learn how to collect fingerprints.
  • Tech for Teens Club : Open Lab

    Date: Saturday, August 05, 2017 — 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Students are invited to practice their coding and robot building skills from any of the previously attended workshops. Work with instructors to practice coding games, websites, Finch Robots, or build another EZ-robot from scratch. Snacks will be provided.

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.

 

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