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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Students came from near and far to attend Space Camp in Huntsville last week.  This group consisted of deaf students from Maryland to Utah, all to get hands-on experience with technology.

Many of the students had wonderful things to say about their experience in the Rocket City.

“They have a lot of things here that are very interactive,” said John Walker of Maryland School for the Deaf.

“I’m absolutely fascinated by some of the things I’ve done, some things I’ve absolutely hated because they really challenged me but its been so cool learning about space, about NASA,” said Itzel Garcia, of Jean Massieu School of the Deaf.

The students traded in the classroom for a space orbiter during their week in Huntsville.

“To be able to be here in mission control and do the extravehicular activity, the EVA, it’s been my first time flying as a pilot in the orbiter, it’s been my first time doing a lot of things,” said Walker.

“Our deaf kids aren’t any different from any other kid, they have different communication needs but this morning I was watching them and they’re talking about the same science concepts, they’re talking about conduction and insulation and how do we use those to build what we’re trying to create,” said Julie Ann Mountain of Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Mountain says deaf Space Camp provides an education she can’t give her students from a textbook.

“They get to see real science, they get to meet with real scientists,” said Mountain.  “They get to meet with people who do it every day, not just a teacher who says this is great this is fun we’re going to do this real experiment in the classroom.  They’re doing stuff in the real world.”

Space Camp has been hosting deaf students for 27 years.  The U.S. Space and Rocket Center had students from 14 different states this year.