School Year Activities for Students

FIRST Lego League Robotics Team

Students ages 9-14 can join MSB’s Outreach Robotics team, 180 Optimum, which competes annually in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Challenge. FLL emphasizes Core Values, Research and Robotics. The team will work together to code a Lego robot using Quorum, an accessible programming language. It will also incorporate large print, braille, and other strategies into all aspects of the team.

For more information or to join the team, contact Gina Fugate at

Maryland Regional Braille Challenge

Braille is an essential key to literacy! It allows reading enjoyment, 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 take the tests. Teachers and school staff are invited to assist with test proctoring and scoring and help to facilitate the day.

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

For more information or to sign up contact: Jacqueline Otwell at