ISVI hosts 5-day camp focused on STEAM
Story and Photos by Julie Gerke
Cracking an egg into a mug and then stirring it with a fork may not be a big deal for most of us, but it takes some practice for children with low or no vision.
That lesson — along with cooking the scrambled eggs on a stovetop, in an oven and in a microwave — were among many learned life skills, social skills and just plain fun for students who attended a recent STEAM camp at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired.
The camp, for students ages 9-19, used science, technology, engineering, art and math to explore everything from music to cooking to making new friends.
It was the first in-person camp since the longtime program took a pandemic hiatus. The theme of “175 Years of Change” reflected the school’s 1849 founding.
Activities during the five-day camp included bowling and swimming; movies, music and art; cooking eggs, hotdogs and s’mores; field trips; building vehicles from Legos; making a compass; learning interview etiquette; performing skits; and learning yoga.