A new program is being offered by the National Federation of the Blind this year, designed to introduce kids to science and self-determination. The press release I received is below:
The National Federation of the Blind Announces the 2012 NFB Project Innovation Program
Students Charting Their Own Course Into Scientific Exploration
July 25-29, 2012*
In 2012, the National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS), a program of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, is introducing an exciting science program for students ages 7-11 and 14-18 called NFB Project Innovation. This pioneer program will focus on fostering a sense of innovation and autonomy in young students by allowing them to determine their course of study during the week of the program. Students will ultimately focus on one investigation which they will showcase at the Innovators Expo. However, multiple branches of science will be explored throughout the program through extension activities.
A unique component of NFB Project Innovation is how it will serve two unique age groups simultaneously. The first of these two groups will be comprised of students in grades 3-6 (ages 7-11). This group, called Junior Innovators, will stay at the NFBJI for three days, July 25-29.** Twenty blind students will be accepted into this group. Each student will be required to attend with an adult chaperone. In this age group, students will interact with science professionals, blind mentors, and Senior Innovators. They will have the opportunity to show off their final innovations, which reflect their own personal interests and research, at the Innovators Expo.
The high school students, called Senior Innovators, will serve as junior advisors. They will not only participate in this science program but will model blindness skills, scientific investigation skills, and techniques to their younger counterparts. Senior Innovators will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Innovators Expo. Students in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) are eligible to apply to be a Senior Innovator. The Senior Innovators will stay at the NFBJI for four days, July 24-29, 2012.** Ten blind students will be accepted into this group.
There will be a $250 fee for each Junior Innovator/Chaperone pair and a $250 fee for each Senior Innovator attending. Other expenses, such as the cost of travel, room, board, and program materials, will be covered by the NFB Jernigan Institute for all students and student/chaperone pairs.
Apply now at http://www.blindscience.org/. Applications are due by April 1, 2012. For more information on this exciting new program, please contact Abby Bispo at 410-659-9314, extension 2312 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Exact program dates differ based on grade level
**Date range reflects travel time.