It was a one-of-a-kind summer time camp expertise that combined youngsters with completely different listening to capabilities with coding and robotics ideas – and the added bonus of LEGO constructing items.
And it could possibly be what stimulates some children to at some point pursue a area in science or expertise.
A dozen North Texas college students aged 5 to 12 took half in Texas Girl’s Camp LEGO for deaf, hard-of-hearing and listening to youngsters specializing in their creativity, coding and robotics in June.
Camp coordinator and TWU professor Chad Smith and a staff of communication science college students labored with camp members to participate in constructing design challenges and artistic workouts to stimulate the kids’s imaginations. The camp offered TWU college students, already curious about working with deaf and hard-of-hearing youngsters, an expertise no textbook can match. One dad or mum mentioned this system challenged her baby to suppose in cans as a substitute of cannots. Smith added that the camp offers youngsters with completely different listening to capabilities entry to expertise that will not all the time be offered to them.
Through the week, campers constructed kits instructing the fundamentals of coding and robotics, constructed vehicles for a LEGO derby, and created and carried out tales based mostly on a each day theme. Campers enhanced their constructing expertise, expanded their vocabularies with LEGO terminology and sharpened their bodily expertise.