Index

  1. Accessible Astronomy Projects (Intro)
  2. Publications
  3. Communicating Science: A National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach (August 4-8, 2012, Tucson, AZ)
  4. Collaboration with the University of Valencia with their 3D Tactile Model of the Moon Project
  5. Cosmos in the Classroom 2004

Accessible Astronomy Projects (Intro)

Dr. Carmen Pantoja and Dr. Gloria Isidro (Caribbean University) are involved in preparing lessons and activities in the area of Astronomy for undergraduate students with visual impairments or blind. These activities developed in Spanish and English, are designed to be adaptable for students at K-12 levels or can be used with the general public. A description of our activities and events can be found at our blog materialdidacticoparaciegos.blogspot.com. This blog was created and is maintained by Dr. Gloria M. Isidro (Caribbean University). We also offer workshops for teachers in the area of accessible strategies in science and mathematics.

Publications

  1. Tactile Sun: Bringing an Invisible Universe to the Visually Impaired Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal, 07/2014, Volume 15, p.5 Isidro, G.M. and Pantoja, C.A.
  2. The Experience at the University of Puerto Rico with ``The Sky in Your Hands'' and ``The Tactile Moon Project'' from the Astronomical Observatory University of Valencia (Spain) Communicating Science: A National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach., 04/2013, Proceedings of a Conference held at Tucson, Arizona, USA 4-8 August 2012. Edited by J. Barnes, C. Shupla, J.G. Manning and M.G. Gibbs. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2013., p.243 Isidro, G.M., Pantoja, C.A., Lebrón, M.E., and Ortiz-Gil, A.
  3. Teaching Math Skills and Building Relationships, Future Reflections , Winter 2013 (NFB), Isidro, G.M.
  4. Touching the Moon and the Stars: Astronomy for the Visually Impaired, 06/2008, EPO and a Changing World: Creating Linkages and Expanding Partnerships ASP Conference Series, Vol. 389, Proceedings of the Conference held 5-7 September 2007, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Edited by Catharine Garmany, Michael G. Gibbs, and J. Ward Moody. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2080., p.145, Alonso, J.L., Pantoja C.A., Isidro, G.M., and Bartus, P.
  5. Arecibo Observatory for All, 04/2007, Astronomy Education Review, vol. 6, issue 1, pp. 1-14, Bartus, P., Isidro, G.M., La Rosa, C. and Pantoja, C.A.

Communicating Science: A National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach (August 4-8, 2012, Tucson, Arizona)

We participated of this national conference with two posters: "From Earth to the Solar System Traveling Exhibit Visits Puerto Rico" and "The Sky in Your Hands and The Tactile Moon Project". This conference was highlighted in the autumn issue of Mercury (2012). This issue includes two pictures of our posters. Autumn 2012 Mercury

Collaboration with the University of Valencia with their 3D tactile model of the Moon project

In 2011 Europlanet has awarded a grant of 4,000 euros to the Astronomical Observatory, University of Valencia for the design and prototyping of a 3D tactile model of the Moon to be used specially, although not exclusively by blind and visually impaired people.

The main objective is to let people with visual impairment see the Moon in their own way, helping them know the Earth's only natural satellite. The tactile Moon can be used by planetariums during Moon shows, by science museums, as part of exhibitions, and by communicators organizing lunar activities for public with visual impairment.

Sighted people can also use it, adding the touch to just the visual experience. Dr. Gloria Isidro is collaborating with this project.

Press release from the University of Valencia pdf Press Release

Cosmos in the Classroom 2004

We participated of this meeting that was held at Tufts University on July 16 - 18, 2004. The following useful materials were presented by Noreen Grice:

Existing equipment to print tactile pictures: