Summer is just around the corner and it is time to register for summer camps. The American Camp Association (ACA) reports that there are about 7,000 traditional overnight camps and about 5,000 traditional day camps in the U.S. These camps are attended by more than 11 million children. Traditional summer camps are horseback riding, sports, crafts and outdoor skills; however, now the hottest summer camps entail coding, robotics, engineering - i.e. STEM camps. STEM camps teach hard skills for future careers and foster valuable 21st-century life skills like problem-solving, creativity, and colaboration. With an estimated millions of unfilled STEM jobs - 1.4 million of unfilled computer science jobs - in the US, coders, game developers, robotics engineers, and designers are in high demand. According to Code.org, computer science is the fastest growing STEM field. And yet, only 10 percent of K12 schools teach computer science. Mainstream STEM camps are all over, including multiple types of STEM-related camps are held on college campuses. (See Teen Life's list of STEM Summer Programs here and Bachelor's Degree Online's The 20 Coolest STEM Summer Camps here.)
What about STEM camps available specifically to students with visual impairments? There are some schools for the blind and other agencies who offer STEM camps for students with visual impairments. Paths to Technology needs your help in gathering a list of STEM camps/opportunities for students with visual impairements. We are also interested in creating a Community of Practice to learn more about these camps with the goals to support these camps and additional camps, and to spark student interest in these camps. Please share details about 2019 STEM camps (see survey below) and share your personal/your student's experiences about STEM camps.
STEM Camp Survey for Students with Visual Impairments or Blindness
- Name of STEM Camp
- Type of STEM Camp
- Date of 2019 Camp
- Camp Location
- Eligibility Requirements
- Camp Website/Details/Registration
- Camp Contact Person
Please share your responses in the comment section below this post. Thank you!