OKLAHOMA CITY – From repelling a 50’ rock wall to SCUBA training that simulates weightlessness in space, Oklahoma School for the Blind senior Logan McCoy and junior Will Carney put their adventure skills to the test at Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students.
McCoy’s hometown is Tecumseh, while Carney is from Muldrow.
OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
McCoy and Carney met 200 students from all over the U.S., Ireland, Canada and Australia at the week-long camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Oklahoma teens fit right in.
“I really enjoyed camp – thought it was a really good experience for me,” Carney said. “It teaches you how to work as a team and a bunch of social skills.”
OSB teacher Cheryl Daniels accompanied McCoy and Carney to the Space Camp training, which is coordinated by teachers of students with visual impairments.
“Space Camp excites and educates students in math, science and technology,” Daniels said. “Students also build self-confidence and skills in teamwork and communication.”
The program is based on 32 National Science Standards objectives established as curriculum guidelines for educators and administrators
McCoy and Carney participated in different programs at Space Camp.
In the advanced academy, McCoy studied space flight and history, completed experiments and solved problems known as anomalies that occurred on three space flight missions.
Carney flew in an F-18 fighter jet simulator in a military-based aviation challenge focused on teamwork. As a member of the Jolly Rogers team, he learned to rely on other students as they worked through exercises in the curriculum.