2007 National Federation of the Blind Youth Slam Tile Display

The first National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Youth Slam: A 2007 STEM Leadership Academy was held from July 30 - August 4, 2007. Over two hundred blind youth explored science, technology, engineering and math subjects--areas falsely believed to be impossible for blind students to enter. Blind role models mentored the youth as they participated in fun, challenging, and inspiring activities meant to stretch the imagination, build confidence, and increase science literacy. One of the activities during this week encouraged participants to create tiles that represented their hopes and dreams for the future. Questions considered for inspiration for these tiles included:

  • What would you like to contribute to make our world a better place for all?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
  • What is your vision for the next generation of blind role models and leaders, how will they change the world, what will their innovations be?
  • What is your vision of equality and opportunity for the blind in the future?
  • What symbols represent your hopes and dreams?
  • How will you work with other blind people to change the world?

Participants transferred their thoughts onto the five-inch square tiles displayed here. Each tile was given a unique identifying letter and number that were placed on the front of the tile in Braille. The tiles are displayed on this table by their item identification letter and number.