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Partner Highlight: Helping Blind Students Explore Leading Edge Nanoscience

In July 2011, about 150 blind high school students from all over the United States gathered for one week to learn about science and technology at the biannual Youth Slam summer camp organized by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) at the Towson University campus near Baltimore, MD. The NFB Youth Slam is a five-day STEM academy designed to engage and inspire the next generation of blind youth to consider careers falsely believed to be impossible for the blind. The participating students learned the science behind building iPod apps, used cutting-edge equipment and technology to determine chemical reactions, built robots, and learned how to use non-visual techniques to perform a real dissection on sharks.