Touching the Moon and the Stars: Astronomy for the Visually Impaired
Astronomy provides a content that is normally communicated through images and physical models. In order to present science concepts to a visually impaired public requires special adaptation of images, graphs, and diagrams. In this workshop participants will learn to use tactile materials that are available to teach basic astronomy to visually impaired public. These materials
can be adapted to be used in both classroom and museum settings. The first part of the workshop introduces participants to various examples of tactile materials, and applies them to describe the phases of the Moon. Participants will then explore (blindfolded) the surface of the Moon and will learn to identify its characteristics. These will include craters, valleys, and mountain ridges. On another activity participants will construct a tactile model for a constellation.