NeuroVersity is a student-centered program that celebrates youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We create a place where students are free to explore their interests and expand their strengths while working in a professional setting with mentors and peers.
What is NeuroVersity?
NeuroVersity is a program using 3-D design software to support personal development, social engagement, and job skills.
NeuroVersity Provides You With:
- Training in 3-D graphic design (SketchUp Make)
- Mentoring from professionals who use SketchUp
- Learning from other students with similar interests
- Preparation for life after high school
- Exploration of careers that use SketchUp
- Family participation in the program
We Put the Focus on YOU
- Your skills
- Your interests
- Creative freedom
- Learn skills at your pace
- No deadlines
- No assignments (unless you want them!)
What Happens at a Workshop?
Basic Summer Workshop:
- 5 days
- 3 hours/day
- Mentor demonstrates SketchUp skills
- Students work on individual projects
- Students present work to group (optional)
- Invite family!
- Celebration on last day
- Returning students may earn money for completing assignments
- Explore SketchUp careers
- Share interests with other students like you
“I just like that it’s sort of real world so we get some experience on what we would do if we were to join a [construction] company.”
“I felt like I was the important one, teaching them about my life. I was shy, but I tried to hold it back. I liked making them laugh. It was fun.”
“My favorite part about SketchUp is, well, everything about it. I like the teachers, the friends, everything… There’s a lot of interesting things about SketchUp: the tools and making animation scenes.”
“We are just working together in friendly competition. It’s a friendly feud. We have the same idea, but we want to push each other to do better. We are just friends and we will make our designs better by pushing ourselves.”
NeuroVersity uses Trimble SketchUp, a 3-D modeling program, as its foundational software during summer and after-school workshops. SketchUp is used in a wide variety of professions including architecture, construction, engineering, computer science, and gaming. Many students with High Functioning Autism (HFA) are visual learners and learn SketchUp with ease.
Students create intricate 3-D models based on their individual interests, ranging from their ideal living space to fantasy dragon worlds.
A mentor, who is a professional who uses SketchUp in his or her career, provides SketchUp demonstrations at the beginning of each day. NeuroVersity provides students with exposure to potential careers through these professionals who use SketchUp in their daily jobs.
Two coordinators, typically paraprofessionals who have experience with autism spectrum disorder, work with each of the students, monitoring behaviors and assisting students as they learn SketchUp.
Classes range in size from 8-12 students who are in their transition years (10-23 years old).