2004 EPO Award Recipient
Dr. Judit Ries - University of Texas at Austin
To a visually impaired person celestial objects or concepts of space exploration are likely to be more abstract than to other people, but they encounter news about the universe through their daily life. The Goal of the Space Vision project is to actively engage visually impaired students in inquiry-based, hands-on astronomy activities. These activities will increase the understanding of space science concepts for the visually impaired and satisfy the interest of students who participate in annual enhancement workshops at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) and their teachers. The experience of the workshop will be translated into instructional classroom activities, which teachers at TSBVI, or any other school with visually impaired students, will be able to incorporate into their regular teaching activities. The activities we chose or designed are such, that it accommodates visually impaired students, but can be used in a regular classroom too. By expanding on the partnership with University of Texas astronomers, educators from the Texas Cooperative Extension Service, Center for Space Research, and Texas Space Grant Consortium's education and outreach staff, hands-on astronomy and solar system activities will be incorporated into the classroom to help students who are visually impaired have the unique opportunity to touch the stars and experience NASA's research and discoveries.
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