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July 5, 2016
Deaf and Hard of Hearing enjoy week of STEM camp at AIDB
Deaf and Hard of Hearing students had a chance to learn about Droids & Drones in a first-of-its-kind summer camp for 9th-11th graders on the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s (AIDB) Alabama School for the Deaf (ASD) campus. Participants built their own drone, learned about careers related to technology and robotics and visited the US Space Center in Huntsville.
“It is critical that we adequately prepare Deaf and Hard of 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 led instruction at the 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, assisted with hands-on applications.
“STEM and Drones and Droids Camp is important to our students because we want to encourage these students to be greatly involved in their critical thinking, deep thinking and problem solving skills,” Forney said. “That is important because they can self-assess – find out what the problem is. I think these STEM activities are very important for their future.”
“I wanted to come back to ASD to show that I am an AIDB, ASD and NTID alum. I am a Deaf engineer. So I am showing these kids, ‘You can do it.’”
Alabama campers hailed from various schools in Albertville, Bessemer, Birmingham, Cedar Bluff, Eufala, Hoover, Madison, Mobile, Oxford, Shelby and Talladega. Georgia campers hailed from various schools in Hampton, Lindale, Lithonia, McDonough and Powder Springs.
“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.”
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.