Braille Monitor                                             December 2015

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Opening Museums to the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind, in partnership with museums and science centers, continues to facilitate regional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. NFB STEM2U is an extension of the NFB ’s National Center for Blind Youth in Science initiative in local communities. This program expands on the exciting and innovative work conducted by the National Federation of the Blind in the area of informal STEM education through previous National Center for Blind Youth in Science programs such as the NFB Youth Slam, NFB Project Innovation, and NFB STEM-X. NFB STEM2U participants will have the opportunity to engage in accessible STEM learning at some of the country’s largest museums and science centers. Students will also have the opportunity to provide feedback to staff and educators about how the museum could better meet their nonvisual learning needs. In this way, participants will act as both learners and teachers. In the NFB STEM2U learning community, there is an understanding that no one person has all of the answers, but together we can overcome any barrier that we may encounter. 

Jamison Hunter balances a small plush panda on tower of eight notecards as Kristie Hong watches in fear of tower collapse.

Kaylee Nielson, Kay Mayle, and Adia Berry perform a skit about leadership.

Julia Gebert examines a 3-D model of a cell molecule.

Salvador Villa and Ashley Lowman examine a click-ruler

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