Early Childhood Science Education Resources for the Front Range Deaf Community and Beyond

Program Contact

William Taylor

Assistant Prof./Curator of Archaeology



During the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures and the rapid transition to online learning  had profound impacts on student development and education. In particular, because of the pre-existing lack of education resources tailored to their needs, the transition to remote learning had catastrophic impacts on deaf/ASL-speaking and Spanish-speaking children’s ability to learn, especially for those children in rural areas.

This project brings together scientists and educators to develop CU Boulder’s  first ever multilingual educational applied and social science content specifically for deaf children. These remote-accessible activities pair reading and vocabulary in ASL, Spanish and English with an educational matching activity and a “meet the scientist” video presented by deaf scientists. Our goal is to produce accessible educational content delivered by role models in the applied and social sciences to help combat education deficits in underserved communities in Colorado and beyond.

Videos and activities will be published online via the CU Museum of Natural History, and made freely available to the public.

Sponsoring Units

  • Research Institutes

  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Program Partners

  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Audiences Served

  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • General Public
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Immigrant Individuals/Communities
  • Indigenous Populations
  • People With Disabilities
  • Rural Communities
  • Students - Early Learning
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - English Language Learners (ELL)/Emergent Bilingual