Ideas for affordable innovation
Accessible STEM
Accessibility of STEM
has been difficult
when analogue is
unable to support
complexity &
accuracy required.y
3D Doodler pa...
The accessible
opportunities offered
by digital design
software and new
making tools are
great.
3D Doodler
Touchscreens offer
simple ways of
creating accessible
interaction.
Sketching with Swell Paper
This is not about
screen-based
information. It is about
the interaction of
virtual and real in
understanding.
JAWS from Fr...
Using standard apps
but with simple
adaptation enables
inclusivity in
education.
Creating drawings with touchscreen
Using PlayDoh on a
touchscreen enables
spatial understanding
of visual information.
PlayDoh can quickly make tactile diagr...
Even simple
touchscreen VDU's
can be adapted for
use in education with
Windows 8.
Ex-London Olympics touchscreen in educat...
Specialist apps, like
OverLay, can be used
to create audio-tactile
experiences on iPads.
www.overlayapp.co
m
UV printing can be
used to create simple
adaptive overlays of
keyboards and
symbols.
Braille keyboard for iPad on static c...
UV printing creates
robust, digitally
designed books and
information panels.
Cost is high upfront
but cheaper when
amortiz...
Understanding that
single digital files can
contain multiple
formats of information
is important for
inclusion and
persona...
3D software allows
fast extrusion of
simple 2D graphics to
2.5D for 3D printing.
Moulds for
thermoforming can be
quickly a...
3D printer tactile
handling objects are
an excellent resource
but cost and time to
manufacture are
barriers to use.
3D pri...
Near Field
Communication tags
can be used to add
triggers to physical
objects and thus
enhance them with
audio and other
i...
3D Doodler offers a
cost effective way of
creating shapes and
objects 'on the fly. It
enables both
educators and learner
t...
Using simple tactile
frameworks, learners
can independently
make and understand
architecture, maps
and objects.
Complex sh...
Playing with and
adapting consumer
technology to meet
accessible STEM
needs is the way we
can make it more
available and m...
Contact
a.somerville@acuitydesign.eu
@acuity_design
Author: Alastair Somerville
September 2013
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A few ideas for using innovative technology to make STEM education more accessible and inclusive.

Using 3D printing, touchscreens and more to make and play with ideas of science and mathematics

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Accessible STEM - using innovative technologies to enhance understanding

  1. 1. Ideas for affordable innovation Accessible STEM
  2. 2. Accessibility of STEM has been difficult when analogue is unable to support complexity & accuracy required.y 3D Doodler pattern for making Eiffel Tower
  3. 3. The accessible opportunities offered by digital design software and new making tools are great. 3D Doodler
  4. 4. Touchscreens offer simple ways of creating accessible interaction. Sketching with Swell Paper
  5. 5. This is not about screen-based information. It is about the interaction of virtual and real in understanding. JAWS from Freedom Scientific
  6. 6. Using standard apps but with simple adaptation enables inclusivity in education. Creating drawings with touchscreen
  7. 7. Using PlayDoh on a touchscreen enables spatial understanding of visual information. PlayDoh can quickly make tactile diagrams
  8. 8. Even simple touchscreen VDU's can be adapted for use in education with Windows 8. Ex-London Olympics touchscreen in education
  9. 9. Specialist apps, like OverLay, can be used to create audio-tactile experiences on iPads. www.overlayapp.co m
  10. 10. UV printing can be used to create simple adaptive overlays of keyboards and symbols. Braille keyboard for iPad on static cling plastic
  11. 11. UV printing creates robust, digitally designed books and information panels. Cost is high upfront but cheaper when amortized. UV printed guidebook for Scottish Parliament
  12. 12. Understanding that single digital files can contain multiple formats of information is important for inclusion and personalization. Multi-layered PDF
  13. 13. 3D software allows fast extrusion of simple 2D graphics to 2.5D for 3D printing. Moulds for thermoforming can be quickly and cheaply made. Software extrusion of map image for 3D print
  14. 14. 3D printer tactile handling objects are an excellent resource but cost and time to manufacture are barriers to use. 3D print handling objects
  15. 15. Near Field Communication tags can be used to add triggers to physical objects and thus enhance them with audio and other information. Making withPlayDoh and adding sound with NFC
  16. 16. 3D Doodler offers a cost effective way of creating shapes and objects 'on the fly. It enables both educators and learner to draw physically in 3D space. Simple shape sketched with 3D Doodler
  17. 17. Using simple tactile frameworks, learners can independently make and understand architecture, maps and objects. Complex shape sketched with 3D Doodler
  18. 18. Playing with and adapting consumer technology to meet accessible STEM needs is the way we can make it more available and more personal. Experimenting with Leap 3D gestural control
  19. 19. Contact a.somerville@acuitydesign.eu @acuity_design Author: Alastair Somerville September 2013
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