Discovering Agriculture Through STEM

DATS logoDATS is a FREE summer program for college bound deaf and hard-of-hearing students who live in California and are entering grades 10-12 in Fall of 2018

This program includes activities, accommodations and meals.


Deaf and hard-of-hearing students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 in fall 2018


Fresno State University

5241 N Maple Avenue

Fresno, CA 93740


June 24-29, 2018

Application deadline

May 30, 2018. Enrollment is limited to 25 students, so apply today!

If you are interested in science, technology, engineering and math, come to DATS where you will:

  • Learn about various careers related to agriculture and environmental science 
  • Discover what types of careers fit your interests
  • Enjoy hands-on activities related to horticulture, solar energy, agriculture, food science, sustainable engineering and more
  • Create your own solar USB charging device to take home
  • Experience life on a college campus
  • Make new friends and have fun!

This free program is limited to 25 students entering grades 10-12 in fall 2018 who are in excellent academic standing. To see if you qualify, please submit the following:

  • Application (online or print and mail)
  • An official copy of your high school transcript (reflecting your grades from the ninth grade–present) 
  • A copy of your unaided audiogram (results without hearing aids or cochlear implants)
  • A official copy of your ACT/SAT/PSAT scores, if you've taken the test(s)
  • VR application

The program is only for students who are California residents residing in Central Valley. There will be financial support for travel. Parents or guardians will need to request travel support using the Financial Assistance Form for Travel Expenses, which is available on the program website, indicating how much support they are requesting and why they are requesting it.

Please mail all required documents to:

Rochester Institute of Technology
NTID Outreach
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Or fax documents to 585-475-7460.

If you are accepted, you will be required to complete and submit some standard summer camp forms for the program:

What Do I Need to Bring?

All items below are a must for your comfort and well-being!

  • Bathing suit, sneakers, jeans, sweatshirts, shorts, t-shirts, underwear, socks, a rain-resistant jacket, walking shoes
  • Extra towels for swimming
  • Your own toiletries: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, band-aids, sunscreen/lotion, shampoo, comb, blow dryer, insect repellant, etc.
  • Your mobile phone or a long distance telephone calling card. 
  • Spending money for campus bookstore, snacks or laundry
  • If you bring prescription drugs (Rx), please make sure the medicines are in their original containers and place them in a quart-sized labeled zipper plastic bag and give them to our Camp Medical Director when you arrive. The medication is not to be kept with you.
  • Extra pillows and blankets.