Outreach Events

Current Short Courses, Events, Summer Programs & Workshops

Student Activities

First Lego League 2018-19 – Into Orbit

Blast off with MSB Outreach First Lego League team, 180 Optimum. The team will incorporate large print, braille, and other strategies into all aspects of the team, which emphasizes Core Values, Research, and Robotics.  The team will compete against other teams in our region in the FIRST Lego League competitions!  Students should have a strong ability in math, science, and technology.

See First LEGO League 2018 Flyer for more information and the practice schedule.

Short Courses

MSB offers short course programs to students (1st-12th grade) monthly on weekends throughout the school year and during the summer to promote skill development in the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum. 

“GRIT in the Home” Short Course

Registration is open for our “GRIT in the Home” short course for 14-21 year olds.  The course will focus on home skills including plumbing, electrical, interior decorating, household appliances, and the basic home tool box. Course dates are 1/19, 2/16, 4/13, and 5/11.  See GRIT in the Home Flyer for more information and registration link


Maryland Regional Braille Challenge

“Boogie on Down” and join us for the 10th annual Maryland Braille Challenge on Saturday, February 9, 2018

Braille is an important key to literacy! It allows for the enjoyment of reading, leads to school success, and opens the doors to future employment. Each year in February, students who read braille in grade Pre-K through grade 12 are invited to participate in the Maryland Regional Braille Challenge reading and writing contests. Parents are invited to participate in workshops about current topics related to visual impairment , the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) and education, while students are taking the tests. Teachers and school staff are invited to assist with test proctoring and scoring and helping to facilitate the day.

Students whose test scores qualify for the National Braille Challenge will be invited to compete at the annual competition which is held at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, CA each June.

This year will include:

*Disco theme 

*Braille challenge t-shirt contest

*Long sleeve shirt sales in adult sizes

*Mini-BELL Program for beginning Braille readers in grades 1-5 

*Parent Workshops 

*Much more!  

Registration is due by January 18th. Please be sure to complete both registration forms. 2019 Braille Challenge Registration Packet

If you are in need of any assistance please e-mail  Kerry Michael at kerrym@mdschblind.org 

If you are interested in volunteering please complete the Volunteer Sign-Up form 

What is the Braille Challenge?  

Check out the 2019 Maryland Braille Challenge Intro video

For more information, contact:

Jackie Otwell
410.444.5000, ext. 1488 | jacquelineo@mdschblind.org

Summer Programs

MSB Camp Abilities (annual event)

MSB Camp Abilities is an overnight sports camp in the summer for youth ages 9-17 who are blind or visually impaired.  The camp is held on the campus of MSB every summer, usually in the month of July. Activities include Swimming, Beep Baseball, Goalball, Beep Kickball, Soccer, Fitness Activities, Camp Fires, Field Trips and Social Time.

The cost of the weeklong camp is $150.00.Camp Abilitities Logo

Follow us on Facebook @MSBCampAbilities 




M.I.S.L.E. SUMMER INSTITUTE (annual event)

Mastering Independence Skills Through Living Experiences (MISLE) is a worked based, residential (M-F) program for students with visual impairments ages 14-21 years of age, designed specifically to provide intensive instruction in the areas of organization, work experience, social skills, mobility and more. This program runs for 4 weeks each summer.

Professional Workshops

Braille Literacy Live!  Ask the Expert Series

Join experts in the field of educating students with visual impairments to ask your specific questions about braille using the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Sessions will be most months throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Each session will be held on a Monday between 3 and 4 pm eastern time. Additional dates will be provided throughout the year.

Q and A sessions will be with experts such as Anna Swenson and Cay Holbrook.

Please e-mail your questions in advance to jacquelineo@mdschblind.org. Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Meeting Registration