I was invited as a guest speaker to Baruch College in New York earlier this week. Baruch houses the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People and offers a High School Enrichment Program to teens; this class is focused on how to enhance the lives of visually impaired high school students in terms of life and possible career options.
A handful of high school students and teachers attended. I first talked about what lead me to create the Blindfold Games: it grew out of a S.T.E.M. app club at my daughter’s middle school, and the 4th, 5th and 6th graders and I created the first game, Blindfold Racer.
The high school students installed Blindfold Racer on their iPhones and iPads and played the game for a half hour. I knew the game was a hit when the room became very quiet: everyone was concentrating on attaining their best score.
I explained why blind people are better when playing this game than are sighted people, and we talked about how this game was designed. For example, each sentence narrated by my daughter (the voice behind Blindfold Racer) took about 10 “takes”; I’ve included some of these hilarious bloopers in prior blogs; the bloopers are also featured in the game.
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