Making stops across the nation, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Regional STEM Center (NRSC) STEM Bus traveled from the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega, Alabama, to Austin bringing deaf and hard of hearing students more opportunities to learn about cybersecurity, engineering, and computer science. High school students, ages 14-19, are in town from Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas for a week of GenCyber cybersecurity camp at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD).
The camp is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency (NSA) through a GenCyber grant provided to The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s (UAH) Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE). This is the third year UAH is offering cybersecurity camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The National Technical Institute for the Deaf Regional STEM Center (NRSC) is a partnership between the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in New York. The NRSC helps provide STEM based instruction and strategies for students who are deaf or hard of hearing throughout the Southeast. The NRSC also has national initiatives in Cyber Security, Robotics, and Coding.
GenCyber Camp Director, Jesse Hairston, said, “It’s definitely an underserved area. Cybersecurity isn’t taught at a lot of different schools right now, so we’re trying to make that more abundant. We want to make sure the deaf and hard of hearing schools don’t get left out either.”
Students will explore potential careers in cybersecurity through hands-on experiences in programming, digital forensics, cryptography, networking, and online safety.
ABOUT THE NTID REGIONAL STEM CENTER (NRSC)
The NTID Regional STEM Center (NRSC) is a partnership between the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. The NRSC helps provide STEM based instruction and strategies for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing throughout the Southeast. The NRSC also has national initiatives in Cyber Security, Robotics, and Coding. To learn more, visit: https://www.aidb.org
ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)
The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/.
A NEW webcast offered by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center!
After years in pediatric audiology and working with families, two experts share the areas for consideration by families related to early accessible language for deaf and hard of hearing babies.
This 30-minute video presents information for families interested in learning more about supporting their deaf or hard of hearing child's language and communication development as early as possible.
It addresses the following three areas:
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MORE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://www3.gallaudet.edu/Documents/Clerc/webcasts/ResourcesforFamilies.pdf
Click on images below to watch the recorded live panels! All Webcast can be accessed with American Sign Language, spoken English & captions.
Maximizing Language Acquisition in ASL and Spoken English
This 14-minute video, condensed for families from a Clerc Center professional training webcast, expands on important ingredients essential to language learning. It focuses on the importance of language being accessible and abundant in a child's life, and a child being able to interact with a language for learning and social interaction. It also highlights common misconceptions that sometimes mistakenly drive language and communication practices in early intervention programs.
Language Learning Through the Eye and Ear
This 13-minute video, condensed for families from a Clerc Center professional training webcast, addresses language acquisition from a linguistic perspective. It shares important information about the language acquisition process and "take home messages" related to how babies seek language patterns, whether signed or spoken.
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center offers onsite and online training and technical assistance to families, educators, and other professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. VISIT: https://www3.gallaudet.edu/clerc-center/learning-opportunities.html
South West Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is now the South West College for the Deaf (SWCD). SWCD is a self-contained community college educational environment serving deaf and hard of hearing students within Howard College at Big Spring, Texas.
Interested in starting a Robotics-Vex team for your Deaf and hard of hearing students? Receive Robotics workshops at NO COST to your school? Read more about NRSC Robotics Workshops available to schools within Southeastern states.