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STEM Camp for Students with Autism

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Watson College of Education, in collaboration with Oasis NC, ran a STEM Middle School Camp this summer for area students with autism. Dr. Amelia Moody, Associate Professor, EEMLS, who has a specialty in the area of Special Education and Dr. Dennis Kubasko, Director of CESTEM helped develop the four-week program, which gave 6 students (grades 6-8) an opportunity to experiment with bottle rockets, LEGO Mindstorm robots, rollercoasters and GPS tracking.

“Many children with autism have a high aptitude for STEM”, says Kubasko. “Our job is to engage them with activities that are fun.” 

Oasis NC is a Wilmington-based start-up with a mission of providing support to individuals with autism, their families and the community.  Founded in 2011 by Erika Merriman, the organization seeks to celebrate children with autism and all of their unique gifts and personalities. Merriman says, “The STEM program for adolescents with autism is a unique offering and may be the first of its kind in the country.”

Drs. Moody and Kubasko are continuing their collaboration with Oasis NC, and the summer camp has been extended into a 15-week STEM Middle School Club this fall.  For more information on the work of Oasis NC, please visit their website at http://www.oasisnc.org/