Free Sign Language Science Camp Now Accepting Registrations

  • Brita Hampton demonstrates the American Sign Language sign for "camp"

Brita Hampton, camp coordinator, shows the ASL sign for "camp."

Registration is now open for Jefferson Lab’s annual summer science camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing youth and siblings, which offers explorations in science through lessons held via American Sign Language and voice/sign language.

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility has announced the opening of registration for its popular Summer Science Camp for Deaf and Hard-Of-Hearing Youth, scheduled for Aug. 13-17. The camp is designed to meet the needs of rising fourth- through eighth-grade students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and it also welcomes siblings of deaf and hard-of-hearing youth and children of a deaf adult.

Now in its fifth year, the camp offers hands-on science activities presented in a barrier-free environment for youth in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

“The Deaf Science Camp not only exposes kids to many different areas of science in a fun and engaging way, it also gives kids the opportunity to meet other deaf and hard-of-hearing kids from around the state,” says Brita Hampton, camp coordinator. “We also have deaf and hard-of-hearing adults who come and share their expertise in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields, as well as serve as mentors to the kids!”

The camp will be held at Jefferson Lab, located in Newport News, Va. The program runs daily through the week of Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

American Sign Language (ASL) (no voice) will be used exclusively on Aug. 13, 14 and 15 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). ASL interpreters will use voice and ASL for activities on Aug.16 and 17 (Thursday and Friday). Youth may attend the camp for as little as one day or for the entire week.

The program is free to participants; however, advance registration is required. To register, visit the camp website for email instructions:

Registration is encouraged no later than Aug. 3.

During the camp, participants may bring their lunch or buy lunch in the lab’s cafeteria. Lodging is available for purchase on campus for out-of-town families. More information is available on request by contacting Hampton via the camp website.

Contact: Kandice Carter, Jefferson Lab Communications Office, 757-269-7263,


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. JSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA).

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