Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS)
Each year, the Lighthouse provides visually impaired and blind children ages 9 to 18 years, tuition scholarships to SCIVIS, Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students. The scholarships granted cover the $1100 or $1250 tuition for meals, lodging, programming and materials. STUDENTS MUST BE IN THE 4TH GRADE OR HIGHER TO ATTEND CAMP.
Scholarship recipients will be provided with round-trip transportation by bus to and from St. Louis (campers must arrive to catch the bus very early Sunday morning). Numerous qualified, responsible chaperones will accompany the students.
The SCIVIS program uses space to excite and educate students in the fields of math, science and technology. Among the many benefits associated with attending SCIVIS; teamwork, self-confidence and communication skills are taught through state-of-the-art simulations, missions, rocket building, robotics and conducting experiments on the International Space Station.
The SCIVIS week is coordinated by teachers of the visually impaired from all over the United States. Special considerations are extended during this week to put the students at ease including enlarged print and attention to mobility hazards.
The blind students will also benefit from the latest technology in the field, including tactile Braille displays, CCTV’s, large print output, and synthetic speech for computers. Siblings or friends of the visually impaired students are also welcome to attend during the week.
Awards will be made on a first come first served basis. ALL FULLY COMPLETED applications are due by September 1, 2021.
Camp Activities May Include:
Experiencing Astronaut Training.
Constructing and launching your own model rocket.
Learning what it’s like to live onboard the International Space Station.
Discovering the newest rocket that will carry NASA astronauts to Mars.
Using technology to design and construct a futuristic Martian colony.
Launching simulated missions to the International Space Station and beyond.
Developing team-building and communication skills in an aquatic activity.
Competing in camp-wide Challenge nights.
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COVID and Other Health Issues
MASKS – at present time, masks are required both indoors and out. Space Camp is hoping that health guidelines will soon relax but be prepared to follow the existing guidelines at the time of the camp. Also, it may be required that all sighted guides, both SCIVIS and Space Camp employees, will be required to show proof of vaccination, since social distancing is not possible. Mask breaks are currently given at different times.
Another caveat to SCIVIS 2021 will be students attending will need to prepare to leave the program if they have any symptoms of COVID. There will be no onsite testing or isolation. This is non-negotiable! Parents will need to be prepared to pick their child up as chaperones will not have vehicles.
HOW TO APPLY
Complete the Lighthouse Scholarship Space Camp Application
Please read the attachment to the application to determine if your child is qualified to attend Space Camp. After Lighthouse for the Blind receives your scholarship application, you will receive a confirmation email and an invitation to register your child. If you do not complete the online registration, your child will not have a spot reserved for space camp.
THE APPLICATION MUST BE SAVED AFTER COMPLETING AND EMAILED TO THE ADDRESS BELOW.
PLEASE E-MAIL THE COMPLETED APPLICATION TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATIONS DUE BY September 1, 2021.
“I learned more than I ever thought possible within a week. I learned how to command the launch of a spacecraft from “mission control,” what astronauts would bring with them on an excursion into space, what the gravitational pull of the moon felt like, and so much more than I ever imagined. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate again because I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I learned an immense amount.”