DRobotZ Coming to RIT/NTID

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  • The first-of-its-kind program will be held in Rochester July 28-Aug. 10, 2012.
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing boys and girls who will be in 9th or 10th grade in the fall may register.
  • Campers will get to keep and take home a robot they will make and program during the camp.
  • Deadline to apply is May 31, 2012.

A new summer camp is being offered at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf for deaf and hard-of-hearing boys and girls entering 9th or 10th grade in the fall.

During DRobotZ, held July 28 to Aug. 10, 2012, the students will build and program a functional robot that they will take home with them after the two-week camp. They will also learn more about technology, math, science and computing, as well as meet their peers from all around the country and stay in college residence halls.

“This is a great opportunity for deaf and hard-of-hearing boys and girls to learn about robots and computers, make friends and find out how to become a whiz at computing,” says Mark Wambach, program director for DRobotZ. “They will conduct scientific experiments with robots and meet deaf and hard-of-hearing people in computing fields.”
Tuition includes housing, meals, construction materials and evening entertainment activities, such as bowling, movies, visiting an amusement park and more. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2012.

To apply, or for more information, visit the DRobotZ website.

RIT is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, sustainability and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. RIT enrolls 17,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. 

NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who were underemployed in technical fields. Today, a record 1,547 students attend NTID; more than 1,350 are deaf or hard of hearing. Others are hearing students enrolled in interpreting or deaf education programs. Visit: www.rit.edu/NTID.

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