DO-IT 1997 Summer Study Daily Log
Two of the DO-IT Interns (Shawn Latham and Mike Kuntz) have been
assigned the task of summarizing the day's events. Here they are so
far. We'll add new info each day.
Tuesday, August 5
Wednesday, August 6
Thursday, August 7
Friday, August 8
Sunday, August 10
Tuesday, August 12
Wednesday, August 13
Thursday August 14
Yesterday, the Phase I Scholars arrived in Seattle from all over country.
After the Scholars were picked up at the airport or dropped off by their
parents, they registered and were given a DO-IT treasure--the DO-IT
T-shirt. DO-IT Staff, Interns, Mentors, and Scholars and their parents spent
several hours getting to know one other.
After the introductions and a brief meeting, we went to the annual
barbecue and participated in a exciting activity where the Scholars and
Interns were paired up. The groups were given a list of
quotes. They had to go around and ask questions to determine which
Scholar, Intern, or staff had made the quote. Several examples were, "I
have a pierced bellybutton," and " I accidentally shaved off my eyebrows."
After dinner, we went up to the dorm and the DO-IT Interns talked about
their success in the community and college. By then, most of us were tired
and were ready for bed. About half of the Scholars stayed up a little
longer to watch a movie or chat with their new friends. At 11 pm, the
lights were out!
Today was one of the funniest days for the Scholars. The highlight of the
day was the Ski-For-All. First of all, the kids had
breakfast and then they went down to the computer lab for the first of many classes. The
first class was a beginning look at the Internet. After lunch the Scholars
had a class on improving your mind for college. The professor ( Mr. Graham
Allen) talked about how the kids must have a positive outlook on college.
He also said that the average person only thinks about five minutes a day.
We all thought that was kind of interesting.
After that we then went down to eat dinner before going out and doing Ski-For-All. Ski-For-All is a program that lets disabled kids ride special
bikes for them. For example blind kids ride tandem bikes, which is where
one person will direct the bike, and another person will just peddle. For
one student (Justin) it was probably one of the funniest days of his
life. He rode five different bikes and enjoyed all of them. Then we did
our evening activities and went to bed.
Thursday we started the day with a talk on the World Wide Web. The Interns
showed us a couple of neat pages. For example, Matthew Porter showed us his
home page which has interesting Java effects and has a lot of links to
other sights. After that Sheryl Burgstahler talked about how kids with
disabilities communicate with faculty. For the work based learning
experiences the Scholars learned about how to find internships. After lunch John
Smith talked about how earthquakes form, and how Seattle might go under
someday. Then when Kurt Sahl took the floor the kids learned about
working in groups; when they formed groups they where given a
problem to solve as a group. Last but certainly not least was the
treasure hunt. The treasure hunt is where you read the clue, and then you
have to find the right building for that clue. The Scholars did the treasure hunt in groups. After that we all took a
break for the night.
Today we started the day with a talk on how to subscribe to a mailing list.
The Scholars learned that mailing lists differ on not only on their
subjects, but also on how to subscribe to them. Then they got a talk on
what career is right for them. They learned to keep their interests to a
couple, because one interest or career might not work out so then they
can try there interests. After the afternoon activity, we got ready for the Mariners game. We all saw Randy Johnson
(The Mariners pitcher) throw 19 strikeouts in a 5 to 0 victory
for the Mariners. After the game we all went back to the dorm and hit
Sunday was a restful, but exciting day. We first started the day with
people either going to church or sleeping in. Then came the main event the
zoo. In groups we saw bears, garaffs, tigers, and of course the mighty
elephants. We also got to tour the zoo store. They had posters, stuffed
animals, and collectible jewelry.
After we ate at McDonalds we went back to the dorm and the Phase II
Scholars gave their summer reports. One report was about how a woman raced
in a wheelchair, another one was about how a guy used a talking device to
talk. Last but not least we had an unbelievable talent show. One act was
Justin, Jesse, and Jennifer (all blind) singing and playing the guitar.
In another act Laura (mobility impairment) did a sit down comedy. After
that we went to bed.
On Tuesday the 12th of August, we started with the Phase II Scholars going to their
special workshops. Phase I Scholars went to an astronomy lab where they learned how far stars
are away from the planet earth. Then they went to a lab to
do bypass surgery on a sheep heart. The biggest story of that lab was
Justin ripped off a sheep heart. When we all came back for lunch
we got to meet the members of the DO-IT Advisory Board. Danny Delcombre
was a speaker for us. Danny Delcombre talked about how you can never give up
no matter what disability you have. Danny is deaf and blind. His speech was voiced by a sign language interpreter. The Phase II'ers listened to Darin
& Julie talk about interviewing strategies. they practiced their skits with employers. At the same time Phase I had an
on-line treasure hunt. After that we ate pizza, talked to Mentors, &
listened to the Trench Coats. Finally we had our evening activities.
We started today with a talk on which search engine is the best one. Dan
Comden talked about how some search engines have a lack of information while others
have way too much. While that was going on, the Phase II Scholars were in their
workshops. One class the Game of Life is a class about how you program
little dots to do different stuff. While the Phase II Scholars were doing that and
more the Phase I Scholars were in a class about how to download programs. They
downloaded programs using ftp ( File Transfer Protocol), and
After lunch both groups learned about how to run a human-powered submarine. Then they
had open computer lab for the rest of the afternoon. After dinner people
got to paint pictures in a Sumi painting class. Then we did
our evening activities.
We started the day with an interesting talk on note taking, test taking,
and test anxiety management for Phase I. For the Phase II it was back
to work on their weekly assignment. Next for Phase I was a talk on how
hurricanes form, and how they can be so destructive. After lunch all the
Scholars went to talk about the Mars launch. The highlight of
the day was the dance we had at the By George cafe. Everybody learned the Macarena, The
Three Step, and of course the Congo. Justin, one of the Scholars, sang two
songs. After that we were ready for lights out.