[Nfbnet-members-list] The National Federation of the Blind Announces the 2012 NFB Project Innovation Program
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Wed Feb 15 01:11:18 UTC 2012
>The National Federation of the Blind Announces the 2012 NFB Project
>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
>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.
>National Federation of the Blind
>Department of Education
>200 E. Wells
>Baltimore, MD. 21230
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