for 3D Giving Day showing 3D printing pen and a book

3D Giving Day - December 3

Oct. 1, 2019

Build a Better Book and 3Doodler are bringing together schools to create tactile reading experiences for students who are blind or visually impaired. Sign up here until November 10 to be a participating school. Read More

Image from podcast website features three 3D-printed samples of student work, including a tactile book and game.

Teaching Accessibility by Building Picture Books for the Blind

July 31, 2019

Stacey Forsyth and Kathryn Penzkover discuss the project on The K-12 Engineering Education Podcast. Recorded during South by Southwest EDU (SXSW EDU) 2019 in Austin, Texas.

Tactile board game created by teens in a BBB Makerspace program.

Growing the Build a Better Book National Network (STEM for All Video)

May 25, 2019

Short video describing Build a Better Book's professional development activities and the growth of the national BBB educators' network. This video was created for the 2019 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase.

Tactile graphics help illustrate human body structures.

Build a Better Book: Creative Design in Library Makerspaces (STEM for All Video)

May 14, 2018

Build a Better Book's second video for the NSF STEM for All Video Showcase provides an update about the project, including program impacts. This video received a Facilitators' Choice award in the 2018 STEM Video Hall Showcase.

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Update on the Build a Better Book project (radio interview)

Jan. 13, 2018

Build a Better Book team members Shalini Menon and Stacey Forsyth provide an update on the project to The Beacon podcast.

Team member Shalini Menon feels a tactile diagram of an eye.

Blind researcher brings magic touch to book project

Dec. 5, 2017

As a child, Shalini Menon used tactile graphics to aid her in her science and math studies. Now, she brings her experience to the Build a Better Book project, helping to improve the tactile materials produced through the program.

Teen participant displays his tactile book.

Designing Multi-Modal Books to Engage Youth in STEM (STEM for All Video)

May 15, 2017

View a short overview of the Build a Better Book project, produced for the annual NSF STEM for All Video Showcase. This video was awarded a Presenters' Choice award in the 2017 video showcase.

A blind child explores a tactile book with her fingers.

Imagining a new way to read, one 3D-printed book at a time

July 3, 2014

CU Boulder researchers have begun a new project to create 3D-printed tactile picture books.

Blindfolded teens feel 3D-printed tactile book pages.

CU-Boulder researchers create children's books with 3-D printing

June 29, 2014

CU Boulder researchers create 3D-printed tactile books to promote literacy among young children with visual impairments.

A blind child explores a tactile picture with her fingers.

Picture books for visually impaired kids go 3D thanks to CU-Boulder research team

June 23, 2014

CU Boulder's Tom Yeh and his team collaborate with the Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver to create 3D-printed tactile picture books for young children.