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ISSUE 15 - July 2014

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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.