STEM Camps for Students with VIB Survey

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!

 

Collage of STEM camp survey

Comments

Posted by IRENE TOPORJan 10, 2019

Project POEM Sky School takes place June 2-7, 2019 at Mt. Lemmon, about an hour from the University of Arizona campus.  It is a part of a National Science Foundation Grant where middle/high school VI students are given opportunities  to participate in project based learning activities and mentoring with a University of Arizona undergrad or grad student in a STEM major and an industry mentor who is blind/visually impaired currently working in a STEM career over 14 months until June 2020..   The Sky School instructors are graduate level students from the University of Arizona who specialize in entomology, soil sciences, ecology, hydrology and astronomy.  Eligible participants for this NSF grant must be enrolled in 7th - 11th grade, have an IEP, an interest in a STEM area, be at grade level in academic work except for mathematics (can be one grade lower than actual enrollment grade) AND live in the western states of Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California, Utah, or New Mexico.    Find out more about Project POEM at:  http://poem.coe.arizona.edu/.  Direct any questions to Irene Topor, ilt@email.arizona.edu; 520-626-3863.  

Posted by Diane BraunerJan 10, 2019

Wonderful!  Thank you for sharing about the Project POEM Sky School!

 

Posted by Diane BraunerJan 15, 2019

TSBVI (Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired) previously had a First Lego League (FLL) team who successfully competed in the FLL tournaments. FLL is an international competition for elementary and middle school students introducing scientific and engineering concepts through robotics.

Kay Pruett was involved with the TSBVI FLL team and has shared detailed information on how to facilitate a FLL for students with visual impairments or blindness. Read Kay's Robotic Information here.

Note: Currently TSBVI does an evening activity for TSBVI students about FLL/Robotics; however, TSBVI no longer has an active team.

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