National Federation of the Blind Engineering Quotient (EQ): A Summer Program for Blind and Low-Vision Teens

NFB youth programs and academies change lives. You can see how by listening to our parents and students in our Thank You Video. We have another dynamic life-changing week planned for thirty students.

NFB EQ is a weeklong summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens from around the country. The week is jam-packed with fun and learning. Participants spend each day engaged in activities designed to strengthen their knowledge of engineering as well as their problem-solving abilities. In the evenings, students hang out with the 29 other teen participants while exploring the local community and participating in various recreational activities. Throughout the week, attendees will forge new friendships while increasing their engineering knowledge, problem-solving abilities, self-confidence, and independence.

NFB EQ’s project-based curriculum, which was collaboratively developed by an interdisciplinary team of educators and engineers, will provide participants with the opportunity to turn a dream into concrete plans. Participants will apply various engineering concepts during the iterative design process to ensure their ideas are feasible in the real world. Teens will also learn how to communicate their dreams and designs to others using narrative, graphical (e.g., drawings and models), and mathematical presentations.  

NFB EQ will be held July 29-August 4, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland at the NFB Jernigan Institute and will serve thirty teens. There are no registration or application fees associated with NFB EQ; additionally, travel, room, and board will be covered by the NFB for all participants. Blind and low-vision teens who are ready to learn new things, meet new people, and have an adventure this summer are encouraged to apply to attend NFB EQ by May 1, 2018.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1712887. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.