National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Youth Slam
July 26 - August 1
Architecture Building, Great Space
This summer, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) will hold a one-week learning experience for 200 blind and low-vision high school students from across the country. The event, hosted at the University of Maryland, will focus on engaging the students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), subjects often believed to be impossible for the blind.
During Youth Slam, the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will host 15 blind and low-vision students who are interested in exploring a career in architecture. Students in the Architecture track will collaborate with students in the Engineering track to design six houses, one for each of six different biomes. The Architecture track will be developed and led by graduate student Kimberly Kramer, and undergraduates Andrew Gipe and Jessica Stenzal. Professor of the Practice Peter Noonan and Lecturer Mike Binder will serve as program advisors. Several blind NFB mentors will also attend to help translate the design process into workable methods for the students.
For additional information, please visit the National Federation of the Blind Youth Slam (NFBYS) website at: http://www.blindscience.org/ncbys/youth_slam.asp.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland is home to four academic disciplines: architecture, urban planning, historic preservation and real estate development. Committed to educating its students and community about the importance of sustainability and smart growth, the School practices an interdisciplinary approach to education, research, creative work, and community and professional service. For more information, please e-mail us or call 301.405.8000.
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