As a physics and astronomy professor at Sonoma State University, Lynn Cominsky has spent decades designing learning experiences for students far beyond her college classroom. She is passionate about lessons that capture the wonder and possibility of studying the universe, from its most basic elements to its largest enigmas.
Her newest educational venture, powered by a nearly $5 million grant from NASA, aims to create opportunities for autistic students to gain hands-on experiences exploring rocketry and astronomy.
“It occurred to me that NASA has a very strong emphasis on equity, diversity and inclusion and accessibility,” Cominsky said. “They just don’t have anything for autistic students.”
Cominsky is seasoned hand in the design of science, technology, engineering and math curricula for secondary students. As the director of the SSU-based EdEon Learning Center,…