[Nfbnet-members-list] The National Federation of the Blind Announces the 2012 NFB Project Innovation Program

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Wed Feb 15 01:11:18 UTC 2012

>The National Federation of the Blind Announces the 2012 NFB Project 
>Innovation Program
>Students Charting Their Own Course Into Scientific Exploration
>July 25-29, 2012*
>In 2012, the National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS), a 
>program of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, 
>is introducing an exciting science program for students ages 7-11 
>and 14-18 called NFB Project Innovation.  This pioneer program will 
>focus on fostering a sense of innovation and autonomy in young 
>students by allowing them to determine their course of study during 
>the week of the program. Students will ultimately focus on one 
>investigation which they will showcase at the Innovators Expo. 
>However, multiple branches of science will be explored throughout 
>the program through extension activities.
>A unique component of NFB Project Innovation is how it will serve 
>two unique age groups simultaneously. The first of these two groups 
>will be comprised of students in grades 3-6 (ages 7-11).  This 
>group, called Junior Innovators, will stay at the NFBJI for three 
>days, July 25-29.**  Twenty blind students will be accepted into 
>this group.  Each student will be required to attend with an adult 
>chaperone. In this age group, students will interact with science 
>professionals, blind mentors, and Senior Innovators. They will have 
>the opportunity to show off their final innovations, which reflect 
>their own personal interests and research, at the Innovators Expo.
>The high school students, called Senior Innovators, will serve as 
>junior advisors.  They will not only participate in this science 
>program but will model blindness skills, scientific investigation 
>skills, and techniques to their younger counterparts. Senior 
>Innovators will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the 
>Innovators Expo. Students in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) are eligible 
>to apply to be a Senior Innovator.  The Senior Innovators will stay 
>at the NFBJI for four days, July 24-29, 2012.**  Ten blind students 
>will be accepted into this group.
>There will be a $250 fee for each Junior Innovator/Chaperone pair 
>and a $250 fee for each Senior Innovator attending. Other expenses, 
>such as the cost of travel, room, board, and program materials, will 
>be covered by the NFB Jernigan Institute for all students and 
>student/chaperone pairs.
>Apply now at <http://www.blindscience.org/>www.blindscience.org. 
>Applications are due by April 1, 2012. For more information on this 
>exciting new program, please contact Abby Bispo at 410-659-9314, 
>extension 2312 or by email at abispo at nfb.org
>*Exact program dates differ based on grade level
>**Date range reflects travel time.
>Abby Bispo
>National Federation of the Blind
>Jernigan Institute
>Department of Education
>200 E. Wells
>Baltimore, MD. 21230
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