They say a picture is worth a thousand words… but what if you couldn’t see it?

Science Discovery currently partners with CU’s Department of Computer Science and School of Education, as well as numerous public libraries and the Colorado Center for the Blind, to connect youth and community MakerSpaces with CU Boulder’s Tactile Picture Books Project. Through this ‘Build a Better Book’ initiative, middle and high school youth develop technology skills as they design and create accessible, multi-modal picture books that you can see, touch and hear!

The Build a Better Book team currently offers after-school, weekend and summer workshops focused on different Maker technologies, including paper engineering, 3D design and printing, and circuitry and sound, all designed to create interactive books for children who are visually impaired or have other learning abilities. Workshops are designed for youth ages 11-20, and we welcome the participation of local Makers and other STEM professionals.

Current library partners include:

Upcoming Events:

3/22/17 – AnyThink Huron. 3D Printing with TinkerCad (Drop in!)

4/2/17 – Louisville Public Library. 3D Design & Prototyping (RSVP here!)

4/5/17 – AnyThink Huron. Circuits & Sound with Makey Makey (Drop in!)

4/9/17 – Louisville Public Library. 3D Design & Printing with TinkerCad (RSVP here!)

4/23/17 – Louisville Public Library. 3D Design & Printing II with TinkerCad (RSVP here!)

4/30/17 – Louisville Public Library. Circuits & Sound with Makey Makey (RSVP here!)

For current information about the Build a Better Book programs, visit our community webpage or find us on Facebook or Twitter (#BuildaBetterBook).

If you or your school or library are interested in working with the Build a Better Book initiative, please contact Stacey Forsyth by email.

The Build a Better Book initiative is funded by a National Science Foundation ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) award (#1615247).