Presenter: Rosanne Hoffmann
Title/Affiliation: STEM Project Leader, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY 40206
APH strives to provide educational materials that are accessible to students with visual impairments as well as with typical vision. Products are designed from the ground up using the concepts of universal design. For example, the DNA Twist and the DNA-RNA Kit use tactile and braille features to introduce the structure and function of DNA to middle and high school students and have been available since 2013. The Protein Synthesis Kit is a new product that extends the concepts introduced by the DNA-RNA Kit and demonstrates the ultimate function of DNA: the formation of a connected chain of amino acids which is the primary structure of all proteins. APH is also field testing the Build-A-Cell prototype, which will allow students to construct a plant, animal, or bacterial cell from their component parts. This presentation will show how these products make complex STEM concepts accessible to all students.