Journey to Russia

The riotously colored onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral in immense bronze statue of Lenin gazing sternly out over thousands of young Russians dancing to rap music...smiles bursting out on the faces of deaf children as we visited their classrooms. These are three memories I cherish from my two-week trip to Russia in September 1993.

Fish, Robots and Fun

The Battelle tour was great! I really enjoyed it, and I think everyone else did too! It was lots of fun and we all learned a bunch of interesting stuff at the same time. Now, everything was really good and presented very well, but I think I can speak for everybody when I say that I really had fun playing in the Robotics Lab and the Fisheries Biology Lab.

Director's Digressions

This has been a busy spring for DO-IT Scholars. Rachel and Katie arranged a tour of Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland. Several of the old-timer DO-IT Scholars and two of the new recruits attended along with staff member Dan Comden. Rachel's entertaining report of her experiences is in this issue.

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Teenagers Tackle Tough Topics

Recruiting and retaining disabled students into science, mathematics and engineering programs have been difficult, but the University of Washington, through the DO-IT program, is tackling this problem.

Nineteen high school students with disabilities including blindness, hearing impairment, mobility impairment, learning disability, low vision, health impairment and attention deficit disorder are enrolled in a summer program designed to encourage and hone their interests in these fields.