The NFB STEM2U program will offer one location in Flint this year.

Primary Contacts

Robert Parsons
Email: [email protected]

Location: Flint

Hilton Garden Inn
110 W. Kearsley St.
Flint, Michigan 48502

June 23-25, 2023

NFB STEM2U brings nonvisual accessible lessons and activities to blind youth. Students of varying ages across the country will learn fundamental nonvisual tools and techniques they can use to pursue further education and careers. Our NFB STEM2U is tailored for blind youth ages 8-13. Participants are required to be accompanied by a parent or authorized guardian. The cost to attend is $125. This registration cost includes admission, meals for the weekend, and transportation between included social events. Scholarship opportunities are available for families upon request. This informative track is helpful for students who:

  • Are interested in experiments and investigations
  • Could benefit from fun programs specific to blind students
  • Need hands-on, nonvisual skills training opportunities

The theme this year is space! In collaboration with the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) join us for a day of excitement as we build and launch rockets, create a moon base, learn about the impact of craters, and make a parachute. This curriculum, designed by blind developers, taught by blind instructors, and facilitated by our organization hopes to show attendees that blindness is not a deterrent to getting active in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). NFB STEM2U will be offered during our youth and family experience as part of the NFB of Michigan’s (NFBMI) Raising Expectations, Accessing Life (REAL) program.

NFBMI REAL is a weekend-long developmental program that works with children and students on a holistic level to support their development and exploration of topics and opportunities that raise the expectations of themselves, their families, and their educational community. Our age-appropriate programming offers a medley of interactive opportunities for children and older students, including:

  • Adaptive STEM instruction and exercises for blind children/students
  • Community social activities and experiences for attendees
  • Advocacy and networking skills development
  • Professional exploration and document writing workshops
  • Work based experiences
  • Academic and vocational interest assessments

Eligibility for this novel, weekend experience requires participants to be:

  • A legally blind youth, ages 8-13 (NFB STEM2U track, must be accompanied by parent/guardian)
  • A legally blind student ages 14+ (NFBMI scholars track)
  • Willing to attend NFBMI REAL for the duration of the participant’s track

Interested participants should visit the NFBMI Real registration webpage to learn more about the program, cost, logistics, the tracks offered for children and students, and a full description of the agenda. Scholarship opportunities are available for families that are interested in accessing the full schedule of social activities.

Please note, to register for NFB STEM2U for your child or student, complete the NFBMI REAL registration form, then access the NFB STEM2U link at the end of that form to provide additional required information. The deadline to register is May 15, 2023.