six different tactile projects and books made by BBB students

BBB Receives ITEST Award

Sept. 11, 2021

BBB has received a 4-year National Science Foundation ITEST award! This funding will allow us to study, in collaboration with our partners, the influences of a longer-term, empathy-driven engineering experience on teens’ perceptions of engineering and STEM careers. It will also support the testing and improvement of student-designed products, as...

Group of people sitting around table viewing computer screen with TinkerCAD design.

Registration Open for 2021 BBB Professional Development Conference!

Aug. 5, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2021 Build a Better Book Professional Development Conference! Whether you are just getting started or already a network partner, this conference is for you! This virtual conference will be held Monday, September 13 - Tuesday, September 14, 2021. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom. Participation is FREE, but registration is required. REGISTER and save your spot!

Girl working with iPad and Specdrum rings with color map

BBB Small Grants Awarded

Dec. 22, 2020

Build a Better Book finished out the year by awarding Participant Support grants of up to $750 to ten partners around the country. Each organization submitted a proposal and request for materials that will support their on-going or new BBB projects. Most of the projects will be completed in 2021...

Three students and librarian posing with sign for Empathy Expo.

Empathy Expo

Sept. 17, 2020

. In Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the local library partnered with several schools and nearby organizations in a project culminating in an immersive exhibit called The Empathy Expo. Christina Keasler of the Glen Ellyn Public Library and John Bower of Ben Franklin Elementary attended the Build a Better Book workshop in...

Three girls smiling and feeling tactile image on swell paper.

Adding Meaning to Making

Sept. 3, 2020

Build a Better Book is featured in the newest issue of Connected Science Learning published by National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Read more about the BBB's guiding principles, implementation in formal and informal settings, and best practices. Online Article.

Neal Mckenzie wearing a mask and displaying braille math diagrams.

Adapting to Remote Learning

June 11, 2020

Build a Better Book partner Neal Mckenzie with the Sonoma County Office of Education was featured in an article and radio interview by KQED. Read about how he helped his students with visual impairments adjust to the rapid change to on-line learning that occured during "Stay-at-Home" orders at the start...

Sharing a tactile board book with preschool students

Partner Highlight: Springfield-Greene County Library District, MO

March 10, 2020

Phyllis Davis, librarian at The Library Station has pulled together a wide-range of community members through participation in her Build a Better Book programs. Without a designated makerspace, Phyllis incorporated BBB into a regular "Teen Night" library program on Friday nights, introducing Design Thinking models, and partnering with 3Doodler who...

Two students working with 3D printing pens

Day of Giving with BBB Partners

Build a Better Book teamed up with 3Doodler to promote Day of Giving on December 3. These BBB partners jumped in and combined 3D printing day with Giving Day to create tactile materials for blind or visually impaired members of their community. 3Doodler donated 3D printing pens and shared examples...

Chelsea Sims being interviewed for Make, Think, Innovate Maker Challenge

Think, Make, Innovate in Iowa

Nov. 19, 2019

Our Build a Better Book partner at South East Junior High in Iowa was featured in the Think, Make, Innovate Maker Challenge sponsored by the Grant Wood Area Education Agency. Check out the video series highlighting Build a Better Book projects. Watch the videos .

Two boys working on creating tactile memory game pieces.

University of Wyoming Lab School

Oct. 31, 2019

University of Wyoming Libraries and the UW Lab School have launched a Tactile Design Elective course for middle school students based on the Build a Better Book training received at the 2019 Professional Development workshop. Check out the feature article about their project .