[Art_beyond_sight_educators] [State_youth_coordinators] FW: 2010 NFB Junior Science Academy

Hartle, Mary Jo mhartle at nfb.org
Fri Nov 6 11:01:26 UTC 2009

Gear Up for Greatness!
National Federation of the Blind
2010 Junior Science Academy
Baltimore, Maryland, at the NFB Jernigan Institute

A STEM Program for Blind Children
Ages 8-12

In 2008, the National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS), a 
program of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, 
offered its first Science Academy program for elementary 
students.  Once again, we are making this program possible for 
children in grades three through six. The NCBYS developed its Junior 
Science Academy (JSA) in 2004 in order to spark and enhance blind 
students' interest in scientific study, an academic area that many 
falsely believe is too difficult for the blind.  This year, with 
hands-on experiences, tactile materials, and innovative nonvisual 
teaching methods, the JSA will open its doors again to young 
explorers with two sessions of the program.  Applicants can apply for 
one of the following dates:

Session 1: July 28-August 1, 2010
Session 2: August 4-August 8, 2010

The Junior Science Academy is a four-day session that will expose 
blind children to the excitement of science in real-life 
applications.  The students will learn about how much fun science can 
be through hands-on instruction, field trips, and interactive 
activities. Attending parents will participate in a corresponding 
seminar with workshops designed to focus on meeting the needs of 
their blind children.

Program Costs
There is a $150.00 registration fee for accepted pairs of students 
and parents/chaperones.  All other expenses, including travel, room, 
board, and program materials will be covered by the NFB Jernigan 
Institute for all participants, including accepted mentors.  .

Mentors Needed
We are also looking for mentors to work in one or both sessions of 
the program.  mentors help facilitate student activities while 
parents are engaged in parent programming.  Mentors can apply online 
at the site below.  Please visit this page to learn more about this 
opportunity and to apply to be a mentor this summer.
How to Apply
Whether you are an interested family, or someone who is interested in 
serving as a mentor, please visit 
<http://www.blindscience.org>www.blindscience.org to learn more about 
this exciting event, or to apply.  You may also contact the NFB 
Jernigan Institute at (410) 659-9314, ext. 2407.

Come join us!

Mary Jo T. Hartle

Mary Jo Thorpe-Hartle, MEd, NOMC

Director of Education
Jernigan Institute
200 East Wells St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410)659-9314 ext. 2407
Email: <mailto:MHARTLE at nfb.org>MHARTLE at nfb.org
Fax: (410) 659-5129
Visit <http://www.nfb.org/>www.nfb.org   or 

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