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.

Congratulations to Team 180 Optimum, winners of the Project Award at FLL Qualifying Tournament

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

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. 

Congratulations to all of the participants of the 10th Annual MD Braille Challenge which was held on February 9, 2019

Bell Division
1st Place – Jose Montano
2nd Place – Rylee Price
3rd Place – Tiernan O’Meara

Novice Division
1st Place – Jeremiah Mude
2nd Place – Hank Genelin

Apprentice Division
1st Place – Eniola Osunkoya
2nd Place – Henry Tucker
3rd Place – Elizabeth Riccobono

Freshman Division
1st Place – Noah Mude
2nd Place – Khloe Deleon Talbert
3rd Place – Zanyiah Bell
HM – Aaron Shrieves
HM – Adam Shrieves
HM – Orianna Riccobono

Sophmore Division
1st Place – Naomi-Jean Mills
2nd Place – Meredith Day
3rd Place – Maria Zoerlein
HM – Tyler Huber
HM – Nadezda Chernoknizhnaia
HM – Jonah Rao
HM – Isaiah Rao

JV Division
1st Place – Julia Stockberger
2nd Place – Anthony Moncman
3rd Place Sujan Dhakal
HM – Alexis McPhail
HM – Derrick Day
HM – Sydney Smith
HM – Naudia Graham
HM – Hannah Wages
HM – Noah King
HM – Mercy Rao
HM – Kyle Ordakowski

Varsity Division
1st Place – Yael Korc
2nd Place – Qualik Ford
3rd Place – Gracia Zuzarte

To view photos from the 2019 MD Braille Challenge go to https://photos.app.goo.gl/a519gvgQtPjrDpyr8

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 held annually 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 5 day camp is $175.00.  MSB Camp Abilities will be held from July 15 – 19, 2019Registration is now open!  See MSB Camp Abilities Flyer 2019 or MSB Camp Abilities Spanish Flyer 2019 for more details and register at 2019 CA Registration

MSB Camp Abilities at Lions Camp Merrick is a 5 day overnight outdoor education camp for youth ages 9-17 who are blind or visually impaired held at Lions Camp Merrick on the beautiful Potomac River in Nanjemoy, MD. The cost of the camp is $550.00 and will be held from July 28 – August 1, 2019Registration is now open!  See MSB CA Lions Camp Merrick Flyer 2019 or CA Lions Camp Merrick Spanish Flyer 2019 for more details and register at 2019 CA LCM Registration

The following forms must be completed in order to attend MSB Camp Abilities or Camp Abilities at Lions Camp Merrick; if your child is attending both camps, only ONE set of forms is needed.

2018-19 Emergency 911 Transportation Consent Form
2018-19 Maryland State Medication Authorization Form
2018-19 Part I Health Assessment Form
2018-19 Part II Health Assessment Form
2018-19 Over the Counter Meds Permission Form
2019 Parent Authorization Form Outreach Summer Programs

Camp Abilitities Logo

Follow MSB Camp Abilities 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.

MISLE will be held from July 8 – August 2, 2019.  Registration is coming soon!  See MISLE 2019 Flyer for more information

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