Texas Tech University

Texas Tech to Host Robotics Retreat for Area Deaf Students

David Gay

April 11, 2019

The event is sponsored by the Educational Resource Center on Deafness and the Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities.

WHAT: The Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) and the Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities, which is a part of the College of Education at Texas Tech University, will host a Discovery Retreat focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 13)

WHERE: The Senate, Lubbock and Playa rooms in the Student Union Building, 15th St. and Akron Ave.

EVENT: Themed "Coding Drones," the Discovery Retreat is a one-day workshop that introduces students, parents and professionals to STEM subjects using robots and drones.

Lubbock-area deaf and hard-of-hearing students in grades 6-12 will participate in hands-on activities designed to encourage interest in STEM, as well as have the opportunity to meet adult role models who are deaf and work in STEM-related fields. The retreat also will offer opportunities for parents and professionals to learn about STEM and its careers.

ERCOD, an outreach department of the Texas School for the Deaf, regularly hosts Discovery Retreats around the state. The events are designed to provide opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing teens to explore self-identity and career options through adventure learning activities.

CONTACT: Robert Stein, media relations specialist, College of Education, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-7758 or robert.stein@ttu.edu