National Center for Blind Youth in Science

The National Center for Blind Youth in Science equips teachers, parents, and blind youth themselves with the tools and knowledge they need to provide greater opportunities in science to blind youth across the nation.

Too often being blind means we are ignored at school because our teachers think we are not capable of science, math, engineering, or technology. I know I can do it and YouthSlam gave me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with it. — YouthSlam Participant

At the National Center for Blind Youth in Science, we aim to:

  • Provide resources and information about how blind youth can best learn and understand scientific and mathematical concepts
  • Promote opportunities for blind youth in science through demonstration projects, partnerships, and education
  • Provide technical support to projects working to improve materials and instruction for blind youth in science and math
  • Provide a national mentoring program 
  • Centralize research previously completed in this area and coordinate ongoing research efforts

Partnerships with the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other leading organizations help us continue to provide the highest quality resources and programs.

Upcoming Programs

2018 NFB EQ students smile from within a wooden structure that they built. The National Center for Blind Youth in Science will offer its NFB EQ program in summer 2020. The application will open in January 2020. NFB EQ is a week-long summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens from around the United States. Participants spend each day engaged in activities designed to strengthen their knowledge of engineering as well as their problem-solving abilities. In the evenings, they explore the local community and participate in various recreational activities. 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.

More Information

For more information, please visit blindscience.org or contact us at 410-659-9314, extension 2418 or stem@nfb.org.