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Write and Read Braille

Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Senses, Perception, Braille, Touch

Introduction

Have you ever been in an elevator and wondered what the many little dots on the buttons are for? You can also find these dots in public buildings on room number signs or on ATMs. These arrangements of dots are a special writing system for the visually impaired called braille. By feeling the dots with their fingers, people can read what is written on a sign or elevator button. Do you want to find out how to read with your fingers? This activity will show you how!

Credits

Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Graph paper
  • Parchment paper
  • Pencil or other pointed object such as a knitting needle
  • Cardboard
  • Computer with access to the internet
  • Tape
  • Helper
    Materials for braille reading and writing activity

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Senses, Perception, Braille, Touch