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Designing Tactile Picture Books: Critical Making in Libraries to Broaden Part...

NSF Awards: 1615247

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Informal / multi-age

The Tactile Picture Book Project develops and assesses a new intervention strategy that engages underrepresented students, including teens and adults with visual impairments, in a socially purposeful design experience: the digital design and fabrication of multi-modal books (including 3D-printed tactile books and books with audio enhancements) for young children with visual impairments. Children who are blind or who have visual impairments often miss the opportunity to learn from illustrated children's books. There is a critical need for more accessible, tactile picture books and 3D printing and other Maker technologies offer new opportunities to address this need. Meanwhile, public libraries across the country have established Makerspaces to provide informal STEM learning opportunities, but many are in need of support to deliver more effective, relevant engineering design experiences. The Tactile Picture Books Project supports critical making in libraries and engages diverse students in the design and fabrication of accessible tactile picture books. In the process, the project exposes participants to STEM career opportunities and connects them with mentors, including experienced high school students and STEM professionals, who facilitate workshop activities. The goals are to: 1) improve diverse learners' STEM skills and dispositions through the design and fabrication of tactile picture books, 2) increase students' awareness of and interest in STEM careers through interactions with STEM professionals serving as "Maker Mentors," and 3) advance the field's understanding of the conditions and contexts that effectively broaden participation in STEM in informal learning environments, particularly library Makerspaces.

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