[Nfbnet-members-list] STEM Tutorials for blind students to be offered at the 2017 NFB National Convention

Brian Buhrow buhrow at nfbcal.org
Wed Mar 8 23:28:32 UTC 2017

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

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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