Accessible Science Activity Posts

By Laura Hospitál
Tectonic plates are giant slabs of Earth's lithosphere (the outer layer of the Earth ) that move in relation to each other. This movement can occur... read more
By Laura Hospitál
As we drove West from Central Texas over spring break to the Chihuahuan desert of West Texas and Mexico, not only did it strike me that the view... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students with visual impairment should be introduced to the natural world with real objects when at all possible.  This activity allows students to... read more
By Laura Hospitál
As students are taught the levels of organization from single organism to the biosphere, they are tasked with placing them in order.  This activity... read more
By Selma Walsh
A hands-on activity to introduce students who are blind and visually impaired to friction.  
By Laura Hospitál
Many thanks to my daughter, Hannah Hospitál, for this excellent idea.   As a science teacher at a school for the blind, I have often been asked... read more
By Laura Hospitál
As I taught about stars this semester an auditory manner in which to describe absolute and apparent magnitude occurred to me.  In this activity... read more
By Will Stark
This experiment provides a low cost solution for investigating the rate of photosynthesis for students who are blind or visually impairedI. It... read more
By Will Stark
A fun alternative to a standard lesson about the structure of DNA is to use different types of candy to represent the different components of the DNA... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Many thanks to Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator at TSBVI (and resident Space Geek) for this idea.  This is a good follow-up activity to an... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students make their own keys describing the tactile and color surfaces of the nitrogen bases of the model (as shown in the picture on the right).... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Ideally this activity should occur after instrution on mitosis but before instruction on meiosis.  I used it as a warm-up to the lesson on Meiosis.... read more
By Selma Walsh
History: People have been weighing objects forever, but it was the Greek people who first tried to figure out what weight is and how to explain... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students measure the distance a marble rolls and the time it takes to roll. They then calculate the speed using the equation: Speed = Distance / Time...
By Selma Walsh
This hands-on science activity teaches students who are blind and visually impaired about the balance of objects.
By Laura Hospitál
This simple activity materialized when I considered the temperature change obvious to a student as he completed a simple chemical reaction in his  ... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity uses the excellent AZER atom model to depict ionic bonding of sodium and chloride forming table salt. It should be part of... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Many thanks to Kathi Garza and Cindy Bachofer, TSBVI Outreach,  for sharing this activity.    This activity provides a tasty way to learn about... read more
By Laura Hospitál
While talking with a colleague about the structure of the plant cell and the function of the central vacuole, this simple model occured to me.... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Using the MolyMod models and given basic information on energy storage in molecules,  students will consider whether a carbohydrate or a fat molecule... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Through an engaging guesssing game, students have the opportunity to more thoroughly process the structure of the cell and the function of the... read more
By Laura Hospitál
In this activity, students with visual impairment will compare volume and mass and gain a better understanding of these concepts. Vocabulary:... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students will compare the cell structure of plant and animal cells as an introduction to the Unit. This activity also provides practice in... read more
By Selma Walsh
This hands-on activity teaches students who are blind and visually impaired about problem solving and the engineering design process.
By Selma Walsh
This hands-on science lesson is designed to teach learners with visual impairments about gravity through the use of toy cars.
By Laura Hospitál
In this activity, students write and perform skits in which they break the lab safety rules.  I have found that my students enjoy the opportunity... read more
By Laura Hospitál
A student with visual impairments chose a science experiment testing different materials as insulators. Question: Which material is the best... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science experiment by students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired examines the affect of fricton on the distance a remote... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science experiment by students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired examines how dish soap affects the way in which chocolate... read more
By Laura Hospitál
In this simple activity, students who are blind or visually impaired have an opportunity to display their creativity and artisitic ability as they... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science experiment by students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired examines how the time of day affects energy levels.  ... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science project of a student at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired examines how different surfaces affect waves.   Question How... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science project of a student at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired examines the different lengths of the lifeline on the palm of... read more
By Laura Hospitál
For his science project, Chris, a student at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, wanted to make something explode.  A  Mentos/Coke... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science project was done by Mike, who is a student at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI).   In this experiment the student... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science project was done by Janie and Morgan, who are students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI).  They designed the... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science project was done by Dottie, who is a student at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). Question: Which one affects... read more
By Charlotte Cushman
Matthew is a high school student who is blind, and he and his sighted friend have have invented a system which enables people with visual impairments... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science project was done by Adam and Eli, who are students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). Question   Does... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Jim and Andrew, students at TSBVI, have been learning about the basic needs of plants.  This was their science project. Many thanks to Jeri Cleveland... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science project was done by Amy, who is a student at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). Question: Which food would... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science project was done by Mike, who is a student at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). Question Which soda will shine... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This science project was done by Alexandra, who is a student at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). Question What is the... read more
By aroth
Background: DNA, or Deoxyribonucleic Acid, is a special 5-carbon protein, consisting of a double helix. It looks like a ladder with the top and... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Due to the combined gravitational effects of the Sun and Moon, extreme tidal ranges occur twice a month at the 2 times when the Sun, Moon, and Earth... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students practice tactile diagram reading skills as they  describe how a two-dimensional model can represent the 3-D Earth.  Strengths and weaknesses... read more
By aroth
During the 18th century, talk began to center on ideas of the origin and continuity of species not based on the creation account given in the Bible... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This interactive activity can be done while instructing students on plate tectonics and as a review.   Key terms: Plate tectonics: The... read more
By Laura Hospitál
While teaching the electromagnetic spectrum, it occurred to me that Wikki Stix would make a quick and easy model to supplement the raised line from... read more
By Selma Walsh
These hands-on science activities are designed to teach students with visual impairments about light sources and the properties of light.

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