Accessible Science Activity Posts

Shared by Patrick Ryan on Jun 25, 2015
This experiment uses a mixture of cornstarch and water to discover what effect sound frequency has on the shape of the mixture.  Students begin by... read more
Shared by Patrick Ryan on Jun 18, 2015
These four scientific experiments have been adapted for students who are blind or visually impaired.  These activities were done with an afterschool... read more
Shared by Patrick Ryan on Jun 15, 2015
These two activities are designed to teach students who are blind or visually impaired about motion and forces.  The first activity focuses on... read more
Shared by Patrick Ryan on Jun 11, 2015
This activity was done with an afterschool group of elementary school students in the public schools.  They were given a scenario and asked to... read more
Shared by Samuel Shaw on Jun 08, 2015
Last December, Perkins hosted our first Hour of Code! Using the Quorum Programming Language and the accessible Integrated Development Environment... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on May 31, 2015
As I teach the structures of the  nervous system, I have found it useful to utilize significantly oversized models during instruction to provide... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on May 31, 2015
Students begin to learn about the three types of rock found in the Earth in elementary school.  These three types of rock are: igneous rock -... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on May 30, 2015
Perkins School for the Blind Secondary school student shares his science fair project.  After deciding between some experiments, I finally decided... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on May 26, 2015
For this year’s Science Fair, Introductory Physics student Zachary B. chose to explore whether a speaker, such as the kind you might find in a... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on May 26, 2015
For this year’s Science Fair, Introductory Physics student Shae K. began by pondering whether it would be possible to identify a mystery sample of... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on May 25, 2015
Perkins School for the Blind Secondary school student Robert Evans shares his science fair project.   Forensic chemistry is the analytic study... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on May 24, 2015
Light can be a difficult concept for students who have never had vision to understand.  This device allows the student to "hear" the amount of... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on May 22, 2015
For this year's Science Fair Introductory Physics student Kevin chose to conduct a research-based project exploring the topic of electric motors.... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on May 22, 2015
For this year's Science Fair Introductory Physics student Izzy P. chose to explore the ways in which whales communicate with one another by sending... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on May 21, 2015
Perkins School for the Blind Secondary school student Paige Nason shares her science fair project. The reason why I picked this bubble experiment is... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on May 21, 2015
Perkins School for the Blind Secondary school student Kendra Hammer shares her science fair project.   I chose elephant toothpaste as my science... read more
Shared by Hari Bhimaraju on May 14, 2015
In my last post I talked about my teaching tool, which helps students learn about the periodic table of elements with drawings of the atom, audio... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on May 12, 2015
As students learn about plate tectonics, they are introduced to the concepts of tectonic plate movement, either away from the adjacent plate (... read more
Shared by Selma Walsh on May 09, 2015
Visually impaired students, as well as all students, learn and understand characteristics of animals best through direct observation of live... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on May 07, 2015
I have been surprised by how many of my students don't know what the function of flowers is for angiosperms (flowering plants).  Students'... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on May 03, 2015
  Students are introduced to the concepts of chemical change and physical change in elementary school.  These concepts are covered in greater... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on May 01, 2015
This activity gives students an opportunity to experience tactually and visually (for low vision students) the basic structure of a flower.  I have... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 23, 2015
Students learning basic concepts related to electricity will be introduced to simple circuits and parallel circuits. This interactive tactile... read more
Shared by Sandra Craig on Apr 19, 2015
Designed by Sandra Craig, Math & Science Teacher Kansas State School for the Blind       The purpose of this activity is to provide... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 10, 2015
The Earth is divided into three layers: the crust, the mantle and the core.  The mantle and the core are further divided into an inner and outer... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 08, 2015
Food chains describe the flow of energy through an ecosystem.  This short activity can serve as a good introduction to food chains or as a warm-up... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 08, 2015
When teaching sound and related concepts to students with visual impairment, it is important to tie the concepts to real-life.  This activity ties... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 07, 2015
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States with over 1/2 a million deaths annually.   This simple activity models what... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Apr 05, 2015
Animals of the coral reef need calcium carbonate to build their skeletons. In this activity, students compare the formation of coral reefs today when... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Apr 05, 2015
Recent science articles have discussed how the increase in Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere is contributing to increased levels of carbon dioxide in... read more
Shared by Sandra Craig on Apr 01, 2015
For the majority of us Earthlings, the closest we will ever come to experiencing outer space will be through television and pictures.  What if that... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 31, 2015
This simple model represents the length and sequence of each organ in the digestive system.  It does not model the structure of each organ.  ... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 31, 2015
Students with visual impairment (as well as sighed students) often struggle to grasp the relative size of the Moon and the Earth and the distance... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 31, 2015
A simple tuning fork is employed to help students understand more clearly what causes sound and the manner in which sound moves.  The vibration of... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 23, 2015
This delicious model describes the structure of the Earth's plates and the Earth's layers as well as the theory of plate tectonics. This activity... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on Mar 20, 2015
This activity is a fantastic, and flexible, demonstration of Newton’s Third Law in action. Additionally, it may be used to demonstrate an acid/base... read more
Shared by Selma Walsh on Mar 20, 2015
Planting MANY bean plants will address Life Science standards for most grade levels.  Planting the bean seeds at intervals or for several days, will... read more
Shared by Selma Walsh on Mar 17, 2015
This activity is typically used to teach energy concepts and demonstrate how the sun warms air and makes air rise.  For visually impaired students... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 12, 2015
Friction, simply described for students in elementary school is any force that slows or stops motion.   In this lab, students compare the force... read more
Shared by Hari Bhimaraju on Mar 10, 2015
I am a student at Kennedy Middle ​S​chool in Cupertino, California and ​I am working on making a tool to help the visually impaired learn the atomic... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 09, 2015
This model utilizes boxes of increasingly smaller size to represent the levels of biological classification.  It should be introduced after initial... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 04, 2015
The theory of plate tectonics states that the Earth's crust is made of plates that move slowly toward or away from each other or past each other as... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on Mar 03, 2015
This hands-on activity is an excellent introduction to Newton’s First Law, otherwise known as the Law of Inertia. Students learn that inertia is an... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 02, 2015
This activity is designed to be used in conjunction with other Moon Phases activites on this site.  It should follow the Moon Phases Tactile Graphic... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 02, 2015
Formula triangles are commonly utilized in math and science classrooms to help students solve 3-variable equations. Most commonly this tool would be... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 01, 2015
Elementary school students learn about the various food sources that animals consume.  They learn the difference between organisms that make their... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Feb 23, 2015
Make a musical instrument or a sound maker, then describe its sound! This activity is a great introduction to the study of sound for students of... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Feb 18, 2015
The three basic shapes of bacteria are bacillus (rod-shaped), coccus (spherical-shaped), and spirillum (spiral-shaped). This simple model allows... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Feb 17, 2015
Punnett squares are commonly used in the study of genetics to predict the outcomes of a genetic cross when considering one or two characteristics. ... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Feb 13, 2015
Mendel's work with pea plants in the mid 1800s, earned him the title "The Father of Modern Genetics".  His work is discussed in most textbooks as an... read more

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