Tactile Sun: Bringing an Invisible Universe to the Visually Impaired (page 05) Gloria M. Isidro, Carmen A. Pantoja
Key Words Science Literacy, Public Outreach, Adapted Materials, Visually Impaired, Braille
A tactile model of the Sun has been created as a strategy for communicating astronomy to the blind or visually impaired, and as a useful outreach tool for general audiences. The model design was a collaboration between an education specialist, an astronomy specialist and a sculptor. The tactile Sun has been used at astronomy outreach events in Puerto Rico to make activities more inclusive and to increase public awareness of the needs of those with disabilities.