Summer Camps for Students with Hearing Loss
Campers Build Computers and Career Savvy
Jan. 25, 2007
by Karen E. M. Black
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Three different camps for students with hearing loss combining career exploration, self awareness, and fun are available for middle and high school students at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., this summer.
Explore Your Future (EYF) is a six-day, career awareness program that gives high school sophomores and juniors with hearing loss the opportunity to experience college life and hands-on activities related to real-world career choices in of the arts, business, computer, engineering, and science fields. EYF offers a choice of two sessions from July 14 - 19 or July 21 - 26. On the final day of each session, parents attend a workshop that helps them prepare their student for life after high school. Cost is $650 and includes everything but spending money and transportation. For more information or to register, visit www.rit.edu/NTID/EYFNR, call (585) 475-6700 (voice/TTY), or e-mail at EYFinfo@rit.edu.
Girls with hearing loss who are entering 8th grade in September can attend TechGirlz from July 29 – August 4. The girls learn about jobs and careers in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities such as building a computer to keep, and becoming a commander on a simulated mission to Mars. Camp activities are offered in English and in sign language, are certified by the New York State Department of Health, and incorporate National Science Education standards. The cost is $650 and includes tuition, housing in a residence hall on campus, and meals and snacks for the week. Parents are invited to opening and closing activities. For more information or to register, visit www.rit.edu/NTID/TechGirlzNR, call (585) 475-7695 (voice/TTY), or e-mail at TechGirlz@ntid.rit.edu.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing African-American, Latino American, or Native American students who are entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade can attend Steps to Success, a career exploration mini-camp August 3 – 5. Students will explore career options through hands-on activities such as working with robots and doing science experiments in labs, and stay in a college residence hall. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend and can get tips to support their student through this time of transition. The program fee is $50, and includes housing and meals. Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. Experienced counselors and instructors use both English and sign language. The camp is certified by the New York State Health Department.
The registration deadline for all three camps is May 31.
Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized as a leader in computing, engineering, imaging technology, fine and applied arts, and for providing unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. RIT is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and more than 1,100 students with hearing loss from around the world study, live, and socialize with 14,400 hearing students on RIT’s Rochester, N.Y., campus. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities.
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