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Title: Inclusive Talking Diagrams: Combining Sound Based AR and Tactile Pieces for Accessible Visual Based STEM Communication
Center: NCSER Year: 2021
Principal Investigator: Wegwerth, Sarah Awardee: Alchemie
Program: Small Business Innovation Research in Special Education      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (05/01/2021 – 01/02/2022) Award Amount: $200,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990021C0031

Through a prior IES-funded SBIR project in 2020, the developer created a prototype of an augmented reality application with audio feedback as blind and visually impaired students engage with tactile molecular models. In this Phase I project, the team will develop a new prototype of an augmented reality system that provides audio generated information on scientific images and diagrams used for teaching and learning chemistry. The prototype will include tactile physical manipulatives and software to provide students a more comparable experience of the visualization to their sighted peers. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with three special education chemistry educators and 10 high school students who are blind or visual impaired, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned and is engaging for users, if the prototype shows promise for supporting student learning of chemistry concepts, and whether educators believe that the full product would be feasible to integrate into classroom practice.

Related IES Projects: Accessible Learning through a Multi-Sensory Augmented Reality Interface for Physical Manipulatives (91990020C0072)