[BlindRUG] STEM Tutorials for blind students to be offered at the 2017 NFB National Convention

Godfrey, Jonathan A.J.Godfrey at massey.ac.nz
Thu Mar 9 02:37:46 UTC 2017

Hi all,
This news is doing the rounds today. Sorry to duplicate for some of you but here I add that I am one of the educators coming from around the world, and by the time I get there I will have gone around as it will happen on my way home from Europe.

I expect an announcement on the European part of my trip will come out soon. We're hoping to squeeze in a workshop between UseR and the NFB convention.

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STEM Tutorials for blind students to be offered at the 2017 NFB National Convention

Are you a blind student interested in studying Science, Engineering or Math?  Do you feel daunted by the prospect of doing lab work in a chemistry class or producing visually readable results in a math class?  Perhaps you're a professional in a technical field who finds it challenging to produce graphs and charts for sighted colleagues?  If so, then come to the Convention of the National Federation of the Blind and plan to arrive in time for Seminar Day, July 10, 2017.  On that day, the NFB in Computer Science, the NFB Science & Engineering Division and the Student division will host the STEM tutorial workshop.  STEM educators and technologists will come from around the world to help blind students and professionals learn to use a variety of tools to help them excel in their chosen technical field.  Best of all, individual tutoring sessions will be offered throughout the week for those folks who want one-on-one training from experts who are familiar with the access technology they're teaching, as well as the technical field it's being used for.  The topics to be discussed and for which tutoring will be available include:

* access math in electronic materials directly or to convert it to braille,

* write math in formats directly accessible to sighted people,

* read STEM graphs, charts, and diagrams, and create simple graphics,

* Participate in chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering labs.

There is no charge to attend either the seminar on Monday or the tutoring sessions throughout the week.
The seminar on Monday will give an overview of the technologies to be taught, as well as an introduction to the tutors themselves.  It is strongly recommended that folks who are interested in participating in this invaluable opportunity plan to arrive at the Convention in time to begin participating in events on the morning of July 10, 2017.

For more information, contact:
John Gardner, STEM Tutorial coordinator at: john.Gardner at oregonstate.edu

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