This project aims to provide an evidence-based pract ice for ef fect ive inclusive teaching to ensure astronomy is appropriated and meaningful for both visually impaired and sighted community.
In Ireland, the majority of universities with degree option in astrophysics host astronomy outreach events for the general public and second-level students, in particular, those in Transition Year. The main goal of these events is to inspire a greater appreciation and to promote a better understanding of science. However, there are low numbers of astronomical outreach programmes adapted for visually impaired people.
Within this project, we developd a 3D tactile planetarium with household and low-cost materials focused on introducing the Solar System contents. The main objectives of this project are to:
- Facilitate the implementation and production of inclusive materials.
- Produce and disseminate astronomy materials for the visually impaired community.
- Ensure an inclusive environment for all.
- Help other people to make astronomy content available to everyone.
- Foster skills related to the understanding of science and to pursue equality through an inclusive activity.
Overall, the feedback received during the exhibition was highly positive for both the materials and volunteers. This project employed and modelled new approaches to combine astronomy and arts in order to tackle misconceptions, to communicate astronomy and to offer an opportunity for the visually impaired community to engage with astronomy along with the sighted people.