Bringing science to life for blind and partially sighted young people
Curious minds and budding scientists will love these easy, fun science experiments which accompany our Science Experiments tactile and audiobook – perfect for bringing STEM to life for blind and partially sighted children. Get to grips with slime, test the buoyancy of a Plasticine boat, charm a paper snake using static electricity and tap out a tune with glass bottles.
While you’re on Youtube, make sure you check out Greg Foot’s super science series for BBC Earth Lab and get some answers to intriguing questions such as “Could we travel the Earth in minutes?” and “Is there evidence for aliens?”. TV presenter Maddie Moate also has a fantastic Youtube channel that follows her around the world as she discovers some fascinating wildlife, discovers how things are made and explores the science that’s all around us.
BBC’s Terrific Scientific website has fun stuff to try out at home and really cool facts for budding young scientists.
If you’re interested in wildlife and conservation, your local Wildlife Trust may have a Kids Nature Club that you could join and their website has lots of ideas for fun activities. And if the way the world is made is more your thing, The Geological Society has some brilliant resources on their website and if you’re after great audio, head over to Fun Kids Radio.
Great Places To Visit
There are loads of amazing places to visit where you can get really hands-on with science. Check out your nearest Science Discovery Centres – there are loads all over the country. The Science Museum in London is the largest of these and it has an access guide and resources for people with visual impairment as well as audio described content. You can also download an app called Audio Eyes, which unlocks audio descriptions of the museum’s Information Age gallery, and describes the environment, key objects and tactile displays.
Eureka, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax, has over 400 interactive, hands-on exhibits on everything from the sounds and smells of the desert to a giant nose to peer into! There’s a child-sized town, a sound garden for under fives, and even a theatre to experience.
The Wellcome Collection has amazing displays about medicine, health and wellbeing, with objects you can explore by touch, audio described tours and events and podcasts.
If you’re interested in the natural world, the Eden Project in Cornwall is a fantastic place to find out about plant diversity and has an excellent accessibility guide. And you can explore seven Geoparks, from the south coast of Devon to the Shetland Isles, to find out how the UK’s landscape was formed.
Some impressive engineering projects also have visitor centres including the Thames Barrier and the UK’s largest onshore windfarm near Glasgow.