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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2016
Build a Droid…and your STEM Skills
AIDB Partners with NTID to Offer STEM Summer Camp for Deaf Students
Deaf and Hard of Hearing students will have a chance to learn about Droids and Drones in a first of its kind summer camp for 9th through 11th graders n Alabama. Scheduled for June 19-24 on the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s (AIDB) Alabama School for the Deaf campus, the new “Droids and Drones” STEM Summer Camp is free for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Participants will build their own drone, learn about careers related to technology and robotics and visit the US Space Center in Huntsville.
The demand for skilled workers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields continues to grow. It is predicted that STEM jobs will grow at nearly double the rate of non-STEM related jobs within the next three to five years.
“It is critical that we adequately prepare Deaf and Hard o Hearing students to be successful at the college level,” said AIDB President Dr. John Mascia. “The STEM Summer Camp is an exciting first step in our effort.”
Faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute of the Deaf will be leading instruction at the Droids and Drones STEM Summer Camp in the areas of Droids and Drone Technology, 3D Printing Technology, Aviation Physics, GPS Technology and Astronomy. RIT/NTID alumnus Steve Forney, a research associate at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, will be assisting with hands-on applications.
“RIT/NTID is pleased to partner with AIDB to provide this educational opportunity,” said NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerry Buckley. “We look forward to bringing the excitement of STEM-related fields to deaf and hard-of-hearing Alabama students.
Registration for the camp is limited. For more information on the ‘Droids and Drones’ Summer STEM Camp June 19-24 contact Vera Hendrix at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-761-3331.
Established in 1858, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is America’s most comprehensive provider of education and services to people who are blind, deaf, deaf-blind or have multiple disabilities. Through five campuses in Talladega and eight Regional Centers throughout the state, AIDB provides services to over 24,000 people per year.