2022 Ed Interp Summer Institute: Reintroducing the Magic of Science Through Creative Language Play

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Session Dates

Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM - PaTTAN - CENTRAL
Wednesday July 13, 2022 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM - PaTTAN - CENTRAL


In third grade, we dug through soil in search of earthworms and watched caterpillars morph into butterflies. By 12th grade, we were reading from textbooks and connecting scientific concepts with big words. Over the years, we have transitioned from being tactile and creative to passive and regimented. As a result, science has lost its vitality within many of us. This workshop will provide a series of hands-on, skill-building activities focusing on:

  1. developing scientific thinking skills for comprehension of new science content;
  2. applying these skills for conceptualization of content;
  3. choosing appropriate signs and expanding the ASL science vocabulary repertoire;
  4. delivering science concepts in an engaging, accurate, and relatable manner.

The presenters, two Deaf scientists, will also discuss how several elements of education and language may have helped or hindered their journey into becoming a scientist. Along this vein, we will discuss how we, as educators and interpreters, can work together to re-frame inner bias toward science, and re-breathe tactility and creativity into science via activities and storytelling. The goal of this workshop is to cultivate confidence in understanding, developing and delivering engaging science-related topics through creative and collaborative language play.


At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe, analyze and decipher the meaning and context of science signs
  • Describe the process of delivering science concepts in an engaging, accurate, and relatable manner
  • Express various science topics in ASL for effective instructional delivery and communication of science content
  • List several sources of science in ASL

Target Audience

Interpreters working in the K-12 system

Topics Covered: Educational Interpreters

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Richele Herigan, at 717-901-2240, or rherigan@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
No credit


Barbara Spiecker Ph.D, Alicia Wooten Ph.D

Event Contact:


Richele Herigan

Content Contact:

Sue Ann Houser

Additional Info

This training will be presented in American Sign Language. It is suggested that participants have an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in ASL to provide maximum benefit. If you would like to request this presentation be interpreted from ASL to spoken English, please choose the interpreter accommodation and contact support staff.