Blindfolded PB&J

Haley PattersonBiomed, University, Upper School

Students in St. Luke's Episcopal School's Biomedical Sciences program are learning about visual impairment. Students are learning how the visually impaired navigate the world around them and work to develop ideas that help to promote accessibility. Students have created Braille cards, heard from leaders in the field, and this week they are completing a seemingly mundane task without using visual cues. Enjoy guest contributor Haley Patterson's take on the project.

More Than An Assignment.

Today we had to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while we were blindfolded. This was to teach us how blind people go about their day and to also teach us Braille.

So first, of course, we were blindfolded and then we had three minutes to make a sandwich. Mrs. McCleery told us where everything was before we went into the room so we had to memorize where everything was. The bread, plate, and the napkin were under the sink. The knife and the plastic bag for the sandwich were in the drawer above the sink. The peanut butter and jelly were to the right of the sink, but there was a catch, there were two peanut butter jars. One was crunchy and the other was creamy and you had to tell her which one you wanted to do before you did the assignment.

It was much harder than expected and I didn't even put the jelly on the bread nor did I cut it in half or put it in the bag. But it was a really fun experience and I think we should do more things like that.