Posted by Rachella Moore and Hannah Torres on 2/15/2022 8:50:00 PM
Summertime is when most kids look forward to a break from the monotony of a classroom. They trade in their No.2 pencils for sidewalk chalk and some of life’s most memorable moments ensue.
At the Statewide Outreach Center (SOC) at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), we take pride in our Summer Camps & Programs, which is one of our flagship offerings. For over 40 years, we have hosted a variety of programs. In the earliest years, we offered computing classes and have since expanded our horizons to include driver’s education, space camp, a classic camp experience, and much more.
In 2021, we took on the challenge of offering our programs safely despite new challenges. We collaborated with STEMSign to provide a camp for kindergarten through second-grade students.
STEMSign founder, Gabriel Arellano, led the pint-sized scientists in engaging activities using the Smithsonian Science Education Center's curriculum, How Can We Change an Object's Motion?Swing sets became an example of the push-pull principle. The monkey bars and ladders brought the lessons of gravity to life. The campers were able to see the world around them through new lenses.
Deaf Clinical Herbalist, Michelle Mansfield-Hom taught our campers about herbs, showing them the practical uses of nature. “Art-repreneur” Monique Capanelli, a Botanical Designer, got creative wheels spinning with her lesson on the many ways that plants and flowers are used.
This was undoubtedly a week that campers will remember for years to come. Fun was had and friendships were formed as campers got to “think outside of the textbook.”