Touching the stars: improving NASA 3D printed data sets with blind and visually impaired audiences

Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2019
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Games, Simulations, and Interactives, Public Programs, Public Events and Festivals
Audience: 
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Adults | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Space science | Technology
Access and Inclusion: 
People with Disabilities
Organization:
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Description: 

Astronomy has been an inherently visual area of science for millenia, yet a majority of its significant discoveries take place in wavelengths beyond human vision. There are many people, including those with low or no vision, who cannot participate fully in such discoveries if visual media is the primary communication mechanism. Numerous efforts have worked to address equity of accessibility to such knowledge sharing, such as through the creation of three-dimensional (3D) printed data sets. This paper describes progress made through technological and programmatic developments in tactile 3D models using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to improve access to data.

Citation
ISSN:
1824-2049
DOI:
10.22323/2.18040201
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
18
Number: 
4
Document:

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April JubettApril JubettAuthor
Megan WatzkeMegan WatzkeAuthor
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