We are pleased to announce that thanks to a grant won by Hillary Keys from the former Dallas Foundation of the Blind Inc., 5 scholarships are available for students in grades 4 – 12, who are blind or visually impaired in the to attend Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) in September 2017. These scholarships are available only to students in the following areas of North Texas: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall Counties and parts of Van Zandt and Henderson Counties.
SCIVIS is a special week at Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama. It’s a 6 day/night exciting experiential learning adventure. Space, Science and Aviation curriculum is presented and teamwork is a key component during simulated space/aviation missions. All program materials are available to students in braille (English or UEB braille, both contracted and uncontracted), large print, and electronic magnification also is available. Students also are encouraged to bring their own hand-held assistive technology devices. Many areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) also are addressed throughout the camp.
Since 1990, over 3800 students from the U. S. and many foreign countries have attended SCIVIS. For many of those students it has been the highlight of their school year. Comments like, “this is the best week of my school year” and “at SCIVIS I don’t have to explain my visual impairment to people because everyone there gets it”, are heard all the time.
This year will be the 28th year for SCIVIS. In 2016, 211 students from 23 U. S. states, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, India, Israel, and South Africa attended the program.
Students interested in applying MUST have the ability to read, speak and understand English with fluency. Additionally, the ability to quickly learn new technology will be required.
Students ages 15-18 will have the option to SCUBA dive in 21-foot Underwater Astronaut Trainer. Also, included in the activities is climbing a 49 foot rock climbing wall and other high ropes elements. Please do not apply if you are not willing to try new things.
Information about Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) can be found at http://www.scivis.org. Information about Space Camp®, in general, and can be found at http://www.spacecamp.com.
To insure your best chance for selection for a North Texas Space Camp (SCIVIS) Scholarship please complete the attached document or complete the form online (http://bit.ly/2oNdsIT)
Deadline for application June 9, 2017
If you are selected to the North Texas Scholarship Team for SCIVIS you will be notified around June 30, 2017. The scholarship covers the cost the camp, travel & a memory package. Applications may be submitted online, or by mail, or emailed to the address below and must be received by the deadline of June 9, 2017.
Julie Glover11165 Fernald AveDallas, TX 75218Julietasrg54@gmail.com