Display of 3D printed textures on panels

Exhibit: Cooper Hewitt Museum, NY

Through October 28, 2018 / The Senses: Design Beyond Vision Explore experimental works and practical solutions designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing our world.

Dalton, B. & Musetti, K. (2018).

Dalton, B. & Musetti, K. (2018). Tactile picture book making and multimodal composition: Students design for equity in English Language Arts. In (Eds) E. Ortlieb, E.H. Cheek, Jr., & P. Semingson, Best Practices for Teaching Digital Literacies (p. 195-213). London, UK: Emerald Publishing. Doi10.1108/52048-04582018000000915

Tactile raspberry made from pom poms with word Raspberry in braille

Workshop: Teens Build a Better Book, White Plains, NY

August 20 - 23, 2018 / In this mini-camp, teens will design tactile picture books for children with visual impairments.

Forest journey board game created with laser cutter.

Workshop: BLDG 61 Design Internship

June 18-22, 2018 / Design and fabricate an accessible board game using Makerspace tools at BLDG 61. Boulder Public Library, BLDG 61 Note: This workshop is open to teens by application only.

Teachers use Makey Makey and paper circuits to create an interactive diagram of a cell.

Professional Development: Build a Better Book Professional Pathway (BVSD)

Bring a book to life! Learn how to merge storytelling with art, STEM and new Maker technologies to create experiential, multimodal books, graphics and games that can be seen, touched and heard. Through the context of storytelling, explore literacy-based maker tools including Makey Makey, paper circuits, Scratch, 3D printing and...

Tactile graphics help illustrate human body structures.

Build a Better Book: Creative Design in Library Makerspaces (2018 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 (2017 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.

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