Cynthia Tillery, a 10th grader at Alabama School for the Blind, is one of 30 students out of over 3,000 to be selected as an apprentice in the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) STEM2U program. NFB, in partnership with museums and science centers, will facilitate three regional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. NFB STEM2U expands on the exciting and innovative work conducted by the NFB in the area of informal STEM education through previous National Center for Blind Youth in Science programs such as the NFB Youth Slam, NFB Project Innovation, and NFB STEM-X.
Cynthia was nominated by principal Charlotte Lowry and Science Teacher Dr. Sinikka Smothers and traveled to The Perkins Institute in Baltimore last week to begin training. In addition to the 30 apprentices chosen, 30 elementary students from across the country were also selected to participate in the program. In March, Cynthia will travel to Boston to teach her specific program to the other participating students.