NFB Programs

Blind Driver Challenge

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

NFB Junior Science Academy

The NFB Jernigan Institute developed its 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

An exciting new science program for students ages 7-11 and 14-18!  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 will provide students with learning opportunities in STEM disciplines ranging from engineering and robotics to the science of cooking. The program, to be held in the Baltimore metropolitan area on the campus of Towson University from July 29 to August 3, will serve fifty blind high school students from around the country.

NFB Youth Slam

This biannual program brings 150 blind students to a college campus to learn all about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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 U.S. 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 U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.