Idea Bank: Astronomy for Students With Sensory Impairments

by: Dana Backman and Vivian Hoette

The Space Exploration and Experience (SEE) Project and Yerkes Astrophysics Academy for Young Scientists (YAAYS)—both at the University of Chicago’s Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin—are designed to promote active learning in astronomy and physical science for all students, including those with vision or hearing impairments. Resources include the Hands-On Universe (HOU) facility and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Active Astronomy (AA) curriculum kits. This Idea Bank discusses these resources, which allow teachers to help all students—with and without sensory impairments—to participate in the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA) experience.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 3/1/2009Stock # tst09_076_03_64Volume 076Issue 03

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