Making Engineering and Technology Accessible

Making Engineering and Technology Accessible to Students with Visual impairmentsEngineering, Technology, and Applications of Science is one of four Disciplinary Core Ideas in the Next Generation Science Standards. This area focuses on the design of technologies, as well as their fabrication, operation, inspection, and maintenance.  Standards include:
  • Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem
  • Developing Possible Solutions
  • Optimizing the Design Solution

To learn more, see also Disciplinary Core Ideas -- Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science  in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas ( 2012 ).

 

 

 

By Charlotte Cushman
Matthew is a high school student who is blind, and he and his sighted friend have have invented a system which enables people with visual impairments... read more
By Charlotte Cushman
This app was developed by 7th grade student Hari Bhimaraju of Cupertino, California.  It is designed  to help people who are blind and visually... read more
By aroth
In this engineering design lab you will invoke the Scientific Method as you egg on your students to take one large egg, 5 sheets of printer paper... read more
By Laura Hospitál
In this Ted Talk shared with me by a friend, Chieko Asakawa, a woman who is blind, discusses the ways that accessibility has ignited innovation.  ... read more
By Laura Hospitál
The heart of scientific thought is asking questions, with WHY the main question we would like our students to ask?  This idea was presented to me... read more
By Kate Fraser
Technology and engineering instruction teaches students to use their science knowledge, some technology, and the engineering design process to solve... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students research a scientist or mathematician of their choice who is blind or visually impaired and write an essay on the chosen individual.    
By Laura Hospitál
The Latin word scientia, from which the the work "science" hails,  means "to know".  The heart of a scientist is an unquenching desire to know more... read more
By Kate Fraser
In this lab the plants are adequately watered, but have stems that are falling over. This lab encourages students to identify a problem and to come... read more
By Kate Fraser
One of the basic concepts in technology and engineering is developing an understanding of the materials needed to complete a project. For a student... read more
By Patrick Ryan
These two activities are designed to teach students who are blind or visually impaired about motion and forces.  The first activity focuses on... read more
By Patrick Ryan
This activity was done with an afterschool group of elementary school students in the public schools.  They were given a scenario and asked to... read more
By Samuel Shaw
Last December, Perkins hosted our first Hour of Code! Using the Quorum Programming Language and the accessible Integrated Development Environment... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Light can be a difficult concept for students who have never had vision to understand.  This device allows the student to "hear" the amount of... read more
By Laura Hospitál
As students complete science projects, it is valuable to review the steps of the scientific method prior to the completion of the project board by... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Formula triangles are commonly utilized in math and science classrooms to help students solve 3-variable equations. Most commonly this tool would be... read more
By Stu Grove
A well-rounded understanding of robotics begins with the exploration of four essential characteristics inherent in the design and engineering stages... read more
By Charlotte Cushman
Kay Pruett and Jim Allan from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) have compiled resources on robotics for students with visual... read more
By Charlotte Cushman
In their Summer News Blast DCMP (Described and Captioned Media Program) focuses on the lack of girls in engineering programs.  They include a video... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To provide students with visual impairments the opportunity to design safety equipment for a vehicle that can protect a raw egg from... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To help students who are blind or visually impaired to understand how to create a print through letterpress printing Background Information... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To provide students who are blind or visually impaired with hands-on experience with various tools and materials used in design and... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To enable students with visual impairments to understand the design process and produce a design for a product meant to solve a specific... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To provide a way for students with visual impairments to discover the way in which changing the shape of a material such as newspaper can... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To enable students who are blind or visually impaired to design and build a catapult that will toss a marshmallow or pompom over a distance... read more
By Accessible Science
Purpose: To provide students with visual impairments the opportunity to explore the process of extrusion used to produce pipes and wires in industry... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To enable students with visual impairments to understand general steps of setting up and running a small company Background Information:... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To provide the opportunity for students who are blind or visually impaired to replicate the process used to cast and mold molten metal,... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To enable students who are blind or visually impaired to discover how much load can be carried by index cards folded into various shapes,... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: With properties of matter in mind, students with visual impairments will design a boat that will hold as much weight as possible. Background... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To give students with visual impairments the opportunity to create a paper airplane and modify it to increase flight time and distance... read more
By Kate Fraser
Purpose: To introduce students who are blind or visually impaired to the structure and function of a variety of hand tools Background Information: A... read more