New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

An Interactive System for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children

Team: 108

School: Las Cruces YWiC

Area of Science: Behavioral Science


Interim: Team Number: 108
School Name: Las Cruces YWiC
Area of Science: Behavioral Science
Project Title: An Interactive System for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children
Problem Definition:
All children have many attributes they need in order to be successful throughout their lives. This includes basic skills, such as spelling. For children who are hearing impaired or deaf spelling is often overlooked. In this project a glove device has been created with an application for children to use in order to improve their spelling abilities. The device will be introduced at a young age to instill in them a motivation to continue to excel in spelling.

Problem Solution: To create a kid friendly glove device and application to help deaf and hearing impaired children with spelling and increase their motivation. The application will show a child an image and the child must spell out the word for that image using the glove, navigating through the application. Common methods used for learning how to spell, like flashcards, do not usually retain the focus or engagement of the child.

Progress to Date: At the moment the actual glove has been created and a rudimentary application has been programed. These aspects still have improvements that need to be made. For instance, to improve the function of both the glove device and the application we plan to include the ability to allow the user to see the progress they have made thus far.

Expected Results: In the end there will be a glove with an application that helps kids to learn how to spell, while also motivating them to continue learning how to spell. To see if the glove has an impact on the children's ability to spell, a spelling test with scores from before the device is introduced and after the glove is introduced will be administered and the scores will be compared.

Citations:
1)http://school.familyeducation.com/intelligence/teaching-methods/38519.html
2)Hayes, H., Treiman, R., Geers, A. E. (2011).Spelling in deaf children with cochlear implants: implications for instruction. Washington: University School of Medicine. 1-17p.
3)http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/news/releases/12/Pages/071012.aspx
4)Cao, A., Chintamani K. K., Pandya K. A., Darin R. E. (2009) Nasa tlx: software for assessing subjective mental workload. Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
5)Figueredo, L., & Varnhagen, C. K. (2005). Din’t you run the spell checker? Effects of type of spelling error and use of a spell checker on perceptions of the author. Reading Psychology, 26(4/5), 441-458. doi:10.1080/02702710500400495

Team Members: Hiba Muhyi,Kaitlyn Mason

Sponsoring Teacher: Rebecca Galves
Mentor: Esperanza Medina


Team Members:

  Hiba Muhyi
  Kaitlyn Mason

Sponsoring Teacher: Rebecca Galves

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