RIT/NTID hosts summer STEM camp for deaf, hard-of-hearing middle schoolers

Hands-on TechBoyz and TechGirlz camps will help students learn about jobs in STEM fields

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Campers at last year’s RIT/NTID TechGirlz camp work on building their own computers to take home.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students with interests in science, technology, engineering and math and who are entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades in September can attend TechGirlz or TechBoyz summer camps at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, July 23–28.

TechBoyz and TechGirlz camps are designed to help students learn about and consider jobs and careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Through hands-on activities, campers will explore chemistry, computers, engineering and science—even building their own computers to take home and commanding simulated missions to Mars. They also will meet other students with similar interests and enjoy social activities.

Camp classes are held in English and sign language, are certified by the New York State Department of Health, and incorporate National Science Education Standards. The cost is $700 and includes tuition, housing in a campus residence hall, and meals and snacks for the week. Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. Parents are invited to opening and closing activities.

For more information or an application, go to www.rit.edu/NTID/TechGirlzNR or www.rit.edu/NTID/TechBoyzNR, call 585-475-7695 (voice), 585-286-4555 (videophone), or email TechGirlz@ntid.rit.edu or TechBoyz@ntid.rit.edu.