Design: Elena Khloptseva (project manager), Asya Dyro
Photo credits: Yevgeny Loika
The models are dedicated to the topic of explaining the invisible world for children. Accumulation of knowledge is strongly connected to the way we get the new information. The more types of encoding (as a crucial first step to creating a new memory) we engage the more sufficient is the education process. Proceeding with the models’ implementation we also take into account that “reading” the pictures is a more comfortable type of reading for the children as well as Gamification is a way to make education more attractive. The educational kit we present is a puzzle which consists of the set of various elements which are made of different materials (plastic, wood, plexiglas), have vivid contrast colours, give various tactile perception experience of the surface. The child studying the topic of single-celled eukaryotes have to sort out the different elements which the cell consist of, to recognize the difference between them, to assemble the elements, to describe the model and so on. The main intention was to find an interesting, spectacular, aesthetic and guidelines-accurate way to explain to visually impaired pupils the basic topics of the school program. The important task we tried to solve was making these models usable and acceptable for education for visually impaired children. Finally, the models appeared to be an enthralling puzzle for everyone. The process of assembling the parts can help every pupil to memorize the model’s structure, and assembled model is ready to be explored by visually impaired pupils. This way everyone is involved in the educational process. Different textures help recognize the important parts of the models and memorize them. We used vivid and contrast colours where possible to make models user-friendly for visually impaired people who can see colours. The important textual information was typed with Braille font and printed out on a transparent plexiglas plate according to the standards, the plexiglas base of the model can be put on a paper with a printed legend to make the text readable for people with good vision. The kit consists of 9 already produced models but not limited to only biological topics. The principle can be applied to various school subjects, including physics and astronomy.