NFB Youth Slam

The NFB Youth Slam is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academy. The next program will be July 23-29, 2017 and it will be held at Towson University, the second largest university in Maryland. This event promises to once again be the most dynamic gathering of blind youth. While staying at the university, one hundred blind and low-vision high school students from around the United States will engage in five days of activities designed to build confidence and increase science literacy. These youth will be mentored by blind role models as they engage in scientific exploration, as well as social events and workshops on topics such as blindness and career preparation. To learn more and apply please visit

Past NFB Programs

Blind Driver Challenge

This groundbreaking initiative of our NFB Jernigan Institute challenged universities, technology developers, and other interested innovators to establish the NFB Blind Driver Challenge™ (BDC) teams —in collaboration with the NFB— to build interface technologies that would empower blind people to drive a car independently.


Throughout this program, high school students worked 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 provided 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. Watch a snap shot of the program from NFB EQ 2015.

NFB Junior Science Academy

The NFB Jernigan Institute developed an annual Science Academy to spark and enhance blind students' interest in scientific study; an academic area that many falsely believe is too difficult for the blind.

NFB Project Innovation

This pioneer program focused 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 ultimately focused on one investigation which they showcased at the Innovators expo.


An inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program which provided students with learning opportunities in STEM disciplines ranging from engineering and robotics to the science of cooking. 


This program brought accessible STEM learning opportunities to ninety blind and low-vision children in elementary and high school from across the United States. Furthermore, NFB STEM2U offered learning opportunities to parents of blind children and educators working with blind students. NFB STEM2U participants had the opportunity to engage in accessible STEM learning at some of the country’s largest museums and science centers. Watch the 2014/2015 video.  

Other STEM Programs

Global Explorers

These programs for blind, low-vision, and sighted students offer participants the chance to explore and learn while on the adventure of their lives!  Programs include hiking the Andes Mountains in Peru, rafting in the Grand Canyon, and learning about the Amazon through sound.

NASA Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research (SISTER)

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is encouraging rising seventh and eighth grade girls interested in science, engineering, mathematics, computers, and technology to apply for the Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research (SISTER). The program will is held at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  Please note that this program is only open to US citizens.
Learn more about program availability

Pathways to Science

This initiative of the Institute for Broadening Participation focuses on connecting underrepresented groups, like blind people, with STEM programs, funding, and resources. Explore their information for undergraduate students and their information for graduate students.


This Web site is a part of NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI). It provides high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with a single application for hundreds of internships, fellowships, and scholarships in a wide variety of STEM disciplines.

Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS)

This is a week-long program that takes place at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.