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Help NASA Research the Use of 3D Printing for Accessible Education

2015 December 23
by Amaya Webster

NASA is working on a pilot project that aims to develop a program to use 3D prints to help teach astronomy and astrophysics to students who are blind or visually impaired. While their focus is on those two subjects, their goal is to motivate and help students with visual impairments to pursue STEM careers. They plan to incorporate the 3d files they develop into lesson plans for these subjects and will either donate the files to schools using the curricula or the schools can print them on their own if they have printers. Studies also will be performed, assessing the effectiveness of the 3D models on improving student understanding of specific topics and will serve as a test bed and proof of concept for a much larger international project.

Currently in the research phase, NASA is looking for feedback from professionals, professionals specifically in the STEM area, and consumers who are blind or visually impaired.  There are two surveys for the audiences, a professional survey and consumer survey.  Please find the links below.

You can read more about the project at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NASA-Models-Consumers.

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