[nobe-l] [Nfb-science] Looking for Suggestions: Moon Project for Next Year's BELL Program

Rob trebor681 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 17:32:23 UTC 2018

Hello Everyone,
As a parent and planning for the future, this topic begs the question. Is
there a need for on-demand custom 3D tactile models? I live in Grand
Junction, home of Mesa State College,  arguably where 3D printing started
and I worked for 3D Systems a manufacturer of several types of 3D
technologies. Surely we can make the stuff as we need it. A somewhat
inexpensive 3D CNC Router and many types of materials carved out to
specifications, partnerships with the STEM labs popping up everywhere. Just
thinking out loud.


Rob Harris

On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 11:24 AM Joshua Hori via Nfb-science <
nfb-science at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Hello All,
> As an idea, maybe you can go with the company TouchGraphics to create
> something unique? They work exclusively to create accessible materials for
> the blind, but their products are somewhat futuristic and can go beyond
> blind accessibility. They 3D print their materials and embed audio into the
> 3D printing, using a LiveScribe smartpen to playback the audio when placed
> on the 3D model. It feels like a game board but with tactile capabilities.
> Different textures can be used to signify available audio information
> embedded on the 3D printing. Maybe do one of the Saturn Rocket which you
> can take apart to show the different stages of flight, with a little person
> printed out to show as a comparison of how big it is (storing the little
> person within the rocket)? Or do a map of the moon with the lunar landing,
> electronic marker, and paths of the astronauts who landed on the moon with
> audio descriptions?
> If you would like to cut back on the costs and create it yourself, maybe
> you could create your own using a Pictures In A Flash and LiveScribe Sound
> Stickers? It would be best to laminate the "map" after applying the sound
> stickers to ensure they don't fall off, which could alter the tactile feel
> of the "map". Another option would be to contact the San Francisco
> LightHouse of the Blind and ask for alternatives. They usually have some
> great ideas to try out and may be able to help with the design.
> Or paper machete the rocket to make it tactile and use the Sound Stickers
> to apply audio descriptions? Again, make sure to wrap it in plastic after
> applying the Stickers to ensure they don't fall off, but make them tactile
> enough that everyone knows where it is. Or apply a tactile scan-able QR
> code(s) which can be used with smartphones and direct users to a youtube
> clip?
> Best,
> Joshua Hori
> Accessible Technology Analyst
> Student Disability Center
> University of California, Davis
> 54 Cowell Building
> Davis, CA 95616
> 530-752-3184 <(530)%20752-3184>
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> Kendra Schaber via Nfb-science
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> Subject: Re: [Nfb-science] [nobe-l] Looking for Suggestions: Moon Project
> for Next Year's BELL Program
> Hi Tina and all!
>  So far, I have suggested a few ideas but not on this list. I have
> suggested landing a modle of the Lunar Excertion Moduler on the moon modle
> that we saw when we were hunting for mountain modles last spring. I know
> it's not as acurite as landing the modle on a map of the Sea of
> Tranquillity on the moon but as far as I know, it's the best one that we
> can get our hands on. The feeling of the lunar excertion modle on this
> modle of the moon's sourfice is at least an example of what it would feel
> like at least tactily of what it would look like when one of these modles
> lands on the moon. I have thought of showing what the modles of the space
> craft and space equipment that Neal Armstrong and his crew used through
> these modles is the best way, yes, even better than Space Camp of what they
> look like. I have been to Space Camp and gotten some of my ideas there. I
> have also thought of showing how long one of the Sateran 5 rockets is like
> through having one person stand at where one of each of the stages ends and
> the next one begins and the same for the capsil. When I pulled this one off
> at Space Camp, we stood as close to a real Satern 5 rocket as the roped
> barriers would allow and each person got to say what stage they were
> standing next to in order to show by sound how long they actually are. I
> don't know if we'll be able to pull it off without knowing the location of
> the BELL program is because I don't know how long the hall way that we
> walked down at View Plus is. If it's not long enough, we can't pull it off.
> Mind you, this kind of rocket is as tall as a Red Wood tree which is
> usually in the 300 foot range for an adult Red Wood tree. The younger ones
> are smaller than 300 feet which would be expected because they are trees
> that are still growing. I have also brainstormed things like showing off
> the differences between what ten pounds would feel like on earth VS. ten
> pounds on the moon. True, I can't borrow the spot where they demonstrate
> what the moon's landscape feels like to walk on nor the one sixth gravity
> chair that I got to experience at Space Camp but I'm sure that we could
> show these things off in the ways I have listed in this Email.
> Thank you for taking the time to read this Email!
> Blessed be!!!
> Kendra Schaber
> Chemeketa Community College,
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> Citizen's Climate Lobby,
> National Federation of the Blind of Oregon, Capitol Chapter, Salem, Oregon.
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> Subject: [nobe-l] Looking for Suggestions: Moon Project for Next Year's
> BELL Program
> Since next year is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first ever moon
> landing, I thought about doing something around that as part of our state's
> BELL program next year. However, I'm not sure what would be a
> goodpresentation. I have a general idea of what I want to do, to somehow
> recount the story of that landing, but I don't want to have the students
> just sit and read or hear something about it. I also know that I want to
> find models of the command and lunar modules as well as the Saturn 5 rocket
> so they can look at them. However, that's about all I know. We're not sure
> if we're doing the version for ages 4-12 or ages 11-18. We have a lot of
> unknowns, so we're looking for ideas. Do any of you have suggestions on
> what our team might do? Who might we contact for help? Where might I get
> marerials? My team and I are clueless and are looking for any ideas you
> might be able to give us. Thanks.
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