The UNT WISE STEM! Summer Programs provide opportunities for young adults with disabilities, ages 14-22, to gain experience and insight in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Several programs are offered throughout the summer, with each focusing on different interests and activities. These multi-day and non-residential programs allow students to gain new and exciting skills, and learn about their practical application.

In order to apply for this program, participants will need to contact their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor through Texas Workforce Solutions (TWS). The VR Counselor is the point of contact in order to apply for the program. If you/your student does not have a VR Counselor they are currently working with please contact your nearest TWS-VR office by entering your zip code, VR Office Locator. Our programs are funded by TWS-VR, so the earlier you/your student can get connected the better. You can also complete the online VR Self-Referral by clicking on the following link: VR Self-Referral

Applications are currently being accepted. Contact your VR Counselor to apply!

Explore STEM! Summer Program FLYER

Students will need an interest in website testing and artificial intelligence. The ability to understand basic concepts and follow instructions is needed. The program will be designed for students with little to no previous exposure to these STEM topics and lessons start with basic concepts. 

Students will participate in topical lessons accompanied by hands on learning with guided instruction.  They will hear from guest speakers who work in the STEM fields. Upon completion of this program each student will be able to evaluate a website and present findings based on certain specifications along with completing a project involving Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The STEM topics chosen were selected to teach students specific skill sets that are high demand within the STEM fields. This program will feature two specific STEM subjects:

  • Website Testing
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Students will participate in the following lessons and hands-on activities:

Website Design: 

  • How Websites Work
  • Accessible Website Development
  • Assessment of Websites
  • Website Accessibility Evaluation Tool
  • Discussion of Findings and How to Present Findings
  • Website Evaluation Practice Exercise
  • Website Testing Guest Speaker

Artificial Intelligence (AI): 

  • Overview of AI and its Application
  • Smart Cities / Homes
  • Image Recognition
  • AI in Different Domains
  • Natural Language Processing Overview
  • AI for Everyone Project
  • AI Guest Speaker


WHEN: June 6th, 2022 - June 10, 2022
                9:00am - 3:00pm daily
LOCATION: UNT Discovery Park Campus (Denton, TX)
Fee: TWS-VR Sponsorship




Students will need an interest in exploring the STEM fields. The ability to understand basic concepts and follow instructions is needed. The program will be designed for students with little to no previous exposure to these STEM topics and lessons start with basic concepts. Each day will focus on a different STEM topic and students will participate in hands on interactive projects with guided instruction.
This multi-day, non-residential, summer program will feature the following STEM subjects:
Electrical Engineering Game Design
Automotive Design Civil Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science

Students will participate in the following hands on activities:

Electrical Engineering:

  • Paper Circuits (Create simple circuits with LEDs on paper crafts)
  • Cardboard Animatronics (Create cardboard animated characters using multiple servo motors)
  • Simon Says Circuit Board Soldering Project (Solder a simple circuit board that plays the Simon Says game)

Game Design:

  • Storyboarding & Character Development (Design sprites/backgrounds/objects/etc.)
  • Scratch/GameMaker 2.0/Construct (Design a video game using open source software)
  • Build a Game Controller with MakeyMakey (Use MakeyMakey to create a working game controller with consumable materials)

Automotive Design:

  • Woodworking/Aerodynamics/Simple Machines (Design and build a pinewood derby car)
  • Using Tools (Use basic hand tools to build and design derby car)
  • Painting & Finishing (Use creativity for finishing touches on derby car)

Civil Engineering & Aerospace Engineering:

  • Building Bridges (Create weight bearing bridges using lightweight wood)
  • Gliders & Airplanes (Build balsa wood propeller powered models)
  • Model Rockets (Build and launch engine based rockets)
  • DIY Telescopes (Simple cardboard and refractive lense telescopes)

Mechanical Engineering:

  • CAD (Learn how to use computer aided design software to design simple machines)
  • 3D Printing (Learn how to 3D print their CAD designs)
  • Build a Rube Goldberg Machine (Utilize their 3D printed designs)


WHEN: August 1st, 2022 - August 5th, 2022
             9:00am - 4:00pm daily
LOCATION: Sci-Tech Discovery Center - Frisco, TX [8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034] 
FEE: TWS-VR Sponsorship