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Series: Summer Spotlight, June 2022

Summer Spotlight — Online Summer Programs

Kick off your summer with the Bridges Helpdesk as we showcase all of the wonderful programs for blind/low vision students in Maryland during the summer of 2022! Beat the heat and join us as we cover:

  • June 7: LBPD Summer Reading Programs
  • June 14: Maryland Camps and Summer Programs
  • June 21: Online Summer Programs
  • June 28: Maryland Association of Blind Students Seminar

Today we highlight the varied and exciting online courses offered in the 2022 APH Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp this summer.

2022 APH Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp

Great summer opportunities await! Once again, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is sponsoring some awesome summer courses at no cost! Even better: if you register by the deadline (this differs for each program), you will receive course-related APH materials for FREE!

Quick Reference Guide

Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp on a Desert Island for 4-7 grades

  • Registration deadline: July 15 (in order to ensure receiving free items related to the camp)
  • Dates: July 25-29 from Noon – 1 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Virtual ExCEL Crime Scene Investigation Camp for 8-12 grades

Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp for 9-14 year-olds

  • Registration deadline: July 22 (in order to ensure receiving free items related to the camp)
  • Dates: August 1-5 from 3 – 4 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

El Campamento STEM de español virtual de ExCEL en una isla desierta

Full Descriptions

Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp on a Desert Island for 4-7 grades

Description

“The Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp on a Desert Island is for students with vison loss grades fourth (4) to seventh (7) grade and include a live hour at 12:00 ET, July 25-29, Monday through Friday, and is free to all registrants. We will continue to record these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn. Also included are five at-home extension activities for the camp theme and with the camp supplies that will be sent to the student. Parents, please register your student for the camp that matches their needs. As parents, you know if they would be more appropriately placed with the age level identified. If you are unsure, we suggest reaching out to your teacher of students with visual impairments. And remember, each student must be registered separately and must meet the definition of blindness in your state.

Campers will survive on a desert island while learning about physical science and engineering. Whether they are figuring out how to build a waterproof container for a message to be sent in a bottle or how to construct an area to sleep that is dry, campers will gain cooperative learning skills, computational thinking, and develop scientific practices for planning and carrying out investigations.”

Register early!

“Grants are providing students from the United States of America an APH product that will be used during camp so we need registrations completed early! For students to receive items in time for camp, they must have registered for this week by July 15, 2022. Virtual ExCEL STEM Camp on a Desert Island for 4-7 grades registration

Those that register after that date are still welcome to attend; we would suggest working with your teacher of students with visual impairments to procure the product for use during camp as all items are available through Federal Quota.

To make sure we have the correct information for your student, you may be contacted via email to confirm information. We are excited to have your student join our Virtual ExCEL Great STEM Campout!”

Time in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

July 25, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

July 26, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

July 27, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

July 28, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

July 29, 2022 Noon – 1:00 PM

Virtual ExCEL Crime Scene Investigation Camp for 8-12 grades

Description

“The Virtual ExCEL Crime Scene Investigation Camp is for students with vison loss grades eighth (8) to twelfth (12) grade and include a live hour at 3:00 ET, July 25-29, Monday through Friday, and is free to all registrants. We will continue to record these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn. Also included are five at-home extension activities for the camp theme and with the camp supplies that will be sent to the student. Parents, please register your student for the camp that matches their needs. As parents, you know if they would be more appropriately placed with the age level identified. If you are unsure, we suggest reaching out to your teacher of students with visual impairments. And remember, each student must be registered separately and must meet the definition of blindness in your state.

Campers will investigate a buried skeleton while learning about science, criminal justice, law and forensics. Whether they are figuring out how anthropologists determine age of skeletal remains or how height is determined from the long bones of a skeleton, campers will learn the steps of crime scene investigation, develop research skills, and build their scientific practices for planning and carrying out investigations.”

Register early!

“Grants are providing students from the United States of America an APH product that will be used during camp so we need registrations completed early! For students to receive items in time for camp, they must have registered for this week by July 15, 2022. Virtual ExCEL Crime Scene Investigation Camp for 8-12 grades registration

Those that register after that date are still welcome to attend; we would suggest working with your teacher of students with visual impairments to procure the product for use during camp as all items are available through Federal Quota.

To make sure we have the correct information for your student, you may be contacted via email to confirm information. We are excited to have your student join our Virtual ExCEL CSI Camp!”

Time in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

July 25, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

July 26, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

July 27, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

July 28, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

July 29, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp for 9-14 year-olds

Description

“The Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp is for students with vison loss ages nine (9) to fourteen (14) years old and include a live hour at 3:00 ET, August 1-5, Monday through Friday, and is free to all registrants. We will continue to record these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn. Also included are five at-home extension activities for the camp theme and with the camp supplies that will be sent to the student. Parents, please register your student for the camp that matches their needs. As parents, you know if they would be more appropriately placed with the age level identified. If you are unsure, we suggest reaching out to your teacher of students with visual impairments. And remember, each student must be registered separately and must meet the definition of blindness in your state.

Campers will investigate spatial relations, measurements and basic algebra. Whether they are determining how to construct the tallest Oreo Cookie tower, calculating one- and two-digit multiple numbers fast and accurately using an abacus, or engineering a popsicle stick river dam, campers will build mental images of engineering obstacles, build their scientific practices of panning and carrying out investigations, and perform speedy arithmetic.”

Register early!

“Grants are providing students from the United States of America an APH product that will be used during camp so we need registrations completed early! For students to receive items in time for camp, they must have registered for this week by July 22, 2022. Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp for 9-14 year-olds registration

Those that register after that date are still welcome to attend; we would suggest working with your teacher of students with visual impairments to procure the product for use during camp as all items are available through Federal Quota.

To make sure we have the correct information for your student, you may be contacted via email to confirm information. We are excited to have your student join our Virtual ExCEL Oreos and Abacii Camp!”

Time in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

August 1, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

August 2, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

August 3, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

August 4, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

August 5, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

El Campamento STEM de español virtual de ExCEL en una isla desierta

Descripción

El Campamento STEM de español virtual de ExCEL en una isla desierta es para estudiantes con pérdida de visión y hablantes primarios de español. Incluye una hora en vivo a las 3:00 ET, de lunes a viernes, y es gratis para todos los inscritos. Continuaremos grabando estas sesiones para que todos tengan la oportunidad de aprender. También se incluyen cinco actividades de extensión en el hogar para el tema del campamento y con los útiles del campamento que se enviarán al estudiante. Padres, inscriban a su estudiante en el campamento que se ajuste a sus necesidades. Como padres, saben si sería más apropiado colocarlos con el nivel de edad identificado. Si no está seguro, le sugerimos que se comunique con su maestro de estudiantes con discapacidades visuales. Y recuerde, cada estudiante debe registrarse por separado y debe cumplir con la definición de ceguera en su estado.

Los campistas sobrevivirán en una isla desierta mientras aprenden sobre ciencias físicas e ingeniería. Ya sea que estén averiguando cómo construir un recipiente a prueba de agua para enviar un mensaje en una botella o cómo construir un área seca para dormir, los campistas obtendrán habilidades de aprendizaje cooperativo, pensamiento computacional y desarrollarán prácticas científicas para planificar y llevar a cabo investigaciones.

¡Regístrese temprano!

Las subvenciones están proporcionando a los estudiantes de los Estados Unidos de América un producto APH que se utilizará durante el campamento, ¡así que necesitamos que se completen las inscripciones con anticipación! Para que los estudiantes reciban artículos a tiempo para el campamento, deben haberse registrado para esta semana antes del 22 de julio de 2022. El Campamento STEM de español virtual de ExCEL en una isla desierta registrese

Aquellos que se registren después de esa fecha aún pueden asistir; sugerimos trabajar con su maestro de estudiantes con discapacidades visuales para adquirir el producto para usar durante el campamento, ya que todos los artículos están disponibles a través de Federal Quota.

Hora en Hora del Este (EE. UU. y Canadá)

Agosto 8, 2022 15:00

Agosto 9, 2022 15:00

Agosto 10, 2022 15:00

Agosto 11, 2022 15:00

Agosto 12, 2022 15:00

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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