Science, technology, engineering and math camps for kids have become a common summer experience all over the country.
In Atlanta, Georgia State University hosted a week-long event that broke new ground, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: All the students were either deaf or hard of hearing.
The idea grew from Assistant Professor Jessica Scott’s desire to link the university’s deaf education programs to support groups in the metro area. Scott joined GSU last year and connected with the Georgia Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's Executive Director, Jimmy Peterson.
“He told me about all the camps they do there, but he was really very interested in something a little more academic for older students,” Scott told the AJC. “He came up with the idea to focus on STEM, but I also saw a camp as a way for students to connect with others who are deaf or hard of hearing. Too often deaf kids are the only deaf people in their schools.”
They also brought in deaf professionals to tell their stories. “We also had our instructors from Atlanta area schools for the deaf and graduate students from Georgia State talk about their work and college experiences to let the students know there are a lot of opportunities, especially in tech, that pay well and can help them advance. It was the perfect opportunity for our campers to see they can reach their goals as well.”
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