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Disabilities and Inclusion in STEM education

Individuals with disabilities lack representation in STEM fields and also confront physical, attitudinal, methodological, and other obstacles that prevent them from identifying science as something all.

To address this issue, the STEM Education Hub has hosted, on 16 May 2023, the online event Inclusion in STEM education and informal spaces: reflections on science capital.

If you were unable to attend, no worries! By scrolling down you can find the videos of the event (including the translation to Portuguese) and the slides for Jessica Norberto Rocha and Heather King’s presentations.

We hope that you find the resources informative and enriching!

Learn more about the Speakers below.

Watch the videos here:

Download the slides here:

Heather King's presentation



Gabriela Heck

Gabriela Heck's profile pictureGabriela, a PhD student in Education at PUCRS (Brazil), is dedicated to researching the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in STEM fields. Her focus centres on exploring the potential of informal spaces, particularly science museums, to provide accessible experiences that welcome and engage visitors with science, thereby helping them build and acquire science capital. Since 2020, she has been a member of the research group Accessible Science Museums and Centres, which conducts research on inclusivity and accessibility within museums.


Heather King

Heather King's Profile PictureProf King’s research examines the ways in which educators foster learner engagement with science across many contexts including schools, museums, the natural environment, and non-formal spaces such as maker spaces. Her work focuses on social and environmental justice concerns with respect to education practice, and, in particular, examines ways in which teachers use the science capital teaching approach. Heather is co-chair of the Science and Technology Education Research Group at King’s College London and teaches modules in STEM education leadership, STEM Making and Creating, and in Education in Arts and Cultural Settings. She is also the Vice President for Education at the British Science Association.


Jessica Norberto

Jessica Norberto's Profile PictureResearcher and science communicator at the Foundation Science Centre and Higher Distance Education of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Cecierj Foundation). Ph.D. in Education from the University of São Paulo and a Master’s Degree in Scientific and Cultural Communication from the University of Campinas (Unicamp). Professor at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) at the Doctorate and Master programmes in Bioscience and Health Education and the Masters in Science, Technology and Health Communication.

Lots of Ways to Get Involved.