NFB EQ is an extension of the National Federation of the Blind’s National Center for Blind Youth in Science initiative.
Are you interested in pursuing work in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) after high school? Do you enjoy investing your talent and energy in solving real-world problems? Join the National Federation of the Blind for the NFB EQ programs, a week-long engineering program for blind and low-vision high school students.
At these programs, you will collaborate with other students to solve problems that exist in developing countries. You will spend the week working on a team to engineer solutions to these problems. Your team will create proposals with accompanying models, which you will pitch to various stakeholders. After constructing life-size prototypes of your designs, you will test them in authentic settings. You will also have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a number of engineers from across the country, some of whom happen to be blind.
Throughout the program, students will work to demonstrate mastery of the engineering design processes, as well as engineering concepts such as prototyping, design viability, and data collection and analysis. This program will provide teens with the opportunity to hone their engineering skills—from technical knowledge, to problem solving ability, to the understanding that through engineering one can improve other people’s quality of life.
The program curriculum was developed by engineering educators and is aligned with both the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.