Save the Date! 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge

SAVE THE DATEBraille Challenge Logo

2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge
Saturday, February 26, 2022
at the Iowa Department for the Blind

The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students who are blind or visually impaired. Braille Institute launched the Braille Challenge in 2000 to motivate students to practice and hone their braille literacy skills, which are essential to academic and employment success.

Any blind or visually impaired student in first through twelfth grades who can read and write braille is eligible to participate in the preliminary Braille Challenge regional events. All contestants are tested on fundamental braille skills such as:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Speed and Accuracy
  • Proofreading
  • Charts and Graphs

We will have an exciting day of testing and prizes, as well as, parent sessions and sibling activities and finish up the day with a STEM Fest!

For Braille Challenge Finals, the top 50 students (10 in each category) with the highest scores are invited to Los Angeles for the final round – two days of competition, camaraderie and fun! (Braille Challenge finals were remote in 2020 due to COVID-19.)

Practice Contests
The Braille Challenge is designed to encourage students to practice their braille literacy skills. To hone your skills and prepare for the contest, see sample contests here. 

Watch the Braille Challenge page of our blog for more details on the upcoming Braille Challenge.

Questions?  Contact the Library at library@blind.state.ia.us or 515-281-1323.

Join Us for Makerspace Monday on April 12th!

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDon’t miss the Makerspace Monday Virtual Event on Monday, April 12th at 6:30pm. We will not only discover the magic of feathers but get ready to tie and trim as you assemble the Feathery Macramé craft! You will learn to turn yarn into wall art just one feather at a time.

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: April 12th 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Feathery Macramé Fun
Register Here

Join Us for Makerspace Monday on March 8th!

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDon’t miss the Makerspace Monday Virtual Event on Monday, March 8th at 6:30pm.  We will touch the moon as we create textures and make scientific discoveries when we learn about the different Moon Phases. Who knows, you may discover chocolate along the way!

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: March 8th 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Space with Texture!
Register Here

STEM: Braille Yes

Braille Challenge LogoWe would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in the Iowa Regional Braille Challenge this past Saturday. And we would like to thank everyone who participated in the STEM Fest that followed the Braille Challenge, especially our partner the South Central STEM Hub. 72 participants visited 16 tables featuring interactive learning activities and hands-on demonstrations to connect youth with STEM post-secondary options and careers. It was a great day for Braille and STEM!

Three Braille Challenge particpants receive their awards. Student at a desk with Perkins Brailler for the Braille Challenge.Four Braille Challenge participants receive their awards.Students at STEM Table