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ERIC Number: EJ903159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
"Ground Control to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students...": Space Camp Provides Lessons in Science, Math, Teamwork, and Fun
Perkins, Becky
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v8 n1 p28-29 2006-2007
In this article, the author describes the Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where deaf and hard of hearing students can pilot spaceships, conduct experiments, and dodge meteorites. Each year in the spring, students from schools all over the United States attend a one-week, hands-on learning experience in math, science, and technology at the center. Dr. John Tiffany, former principal of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega, helped establish the space camp for deaf and hard of hearing students when financial support from the Huntsville Sertoma Club permitted 21 students from three states to participate for one week in May 1987. By spring 1988, 72 students from eight states participated. Since then, students from 25 different states and other countries have participated and become space camp alumni. Space Camp (for students ages 9-11), Space Academy (for students ages 12-14), and Advanced Space Academy (for students ages 15-18) feature a variety of out-of-this-world activities. These activities begin to familiarize students with the experience of astronauts, increase their interest in science and math, foster teamwork exercises, and enhance their self-esteem.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama