Let's teach Astronomy to blind youth

By Arturo Pelayo Aréchiga

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Let's Teach Astronomy To Blind Youth

Project 2014-11-22 19:33:21 +1300

What?

I want to develop a research pilot program called Tactile Astronomy. With Tactile Astronomy, I have connected 3D printing, experiential education and youth to provide a unique and compelling solution to blind youth and bridge access and interest in science, technology, the arts and math to all learners.

 

Tactile Astronomy highlights advances in technology and the exponential decrease in cost of 3D printing to reach mass audiences —in this case, an educational setting to augment learning.

 

The goal of Tactile Astronomy is to develop a research and development program, and a controlled pilot with the vision to deploy a versatile solution for 3D printing (additive manufacturing) in education across New Zealand.

 

Tactile Astronomy is a story of human augmentation. It exemplifies what can be done with the power of the internet in a classroom in New Zealand from Designs captured from outer space. It proves that, regardless of where you are and who you are, you can be enabled by technology to make your life experience better.

 

Your pledge will seed the necessary resources for the design, ongoing research and development work for this innovative educational outreach experience. 

Current Budget Breakdown:

50% for on-site 3D printer and supplies,    

30% for desigining lesson plans, training materials and delivering them, 

20% for office overhead, travel, supplies, incidentals. 

 

 

Why?

Tactile Astronomy is the first-of-its-kind program that can highlight cutting edge innovation, commitment to community and augmenting human experiences through technology. New Zealand schools can benefit greatly from this undoubtedly creative proposition. By focusing on blind and limited-vision youth, we can design a scalable, accesible and distributed educational platform for all New Zealanders as well as positioning New Zealand as a gateway for innovation and leading edge thinking. 


Who?

ArturoPelayo_InnovationConsultant

My passion is connecting people.

I am a strong believer on innovation and being a connector of ideas that may, at first, not appear to be related to one another. Being a connector gives me the joy of working with great people and untapping their creative potential. I am drawn to look 20 or 30 years ahead into the future and draw from it the technologies that can be a catalyst to augment the human condition. Tactile Astronomy is an exploration of how 3D printing can augment learning.

 
As an Innovation Consultant, when I work with people from different fields of expertise in a project that is new and different from anything else, there are no mental constraints or predispositions to "how things should work". As it turns out, the further appart you are from a field, the easier it is to find novel solutions.
 
 
I have over 12 years experience in projects that encompass design consultancies for new products and services, development of corporate training and business intelligence briefings with top executives in the USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Mexico and New Zealand.
 

You can learn more about me here:  www.arturopelayo.com

 

Where?

I have been in conversations with several organizations ranging from The Blind Foundation, BLENNZ and staff at Manurewa High School. For this research pilot, my goal is to serve BLENNZ in their Homai Campus.

 

The Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand ( Te Kotuituinga Mātauranga Pura o Aotearoa).

 

BLENNZ is a school that is made up of a national network of educational services for children and young people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision in New Zealand.


 

How?

The Lessons:

I will be developing lesson plans in close coordination with the partners and I will be curating the initial objects that we will 3D print. 


The Objects:

Some of the objects come from new designs as well as existing public libraries such as those from ESA and NASA.  We will optimize the design, test multiple prints and package a 3D printable lesson plan that also includes scale models of satellites, rovers, comets, asteroids, tiles of the surface of Mars and Earth’s Moon. All these 3D-models will be optimized and shared.

 

The local 3D printing expertise:  

Vivenda is an Auckland-based business for 3D printing, rapid- prototyping and product development.  Vivenda will provide support via a service level agreement during design, development, deployment and on-going needs. 

  

 

 

 

Comments

Updates 5

Thank you for your support.

26/12/2014 at 10:34 AM

 

Dear Tactile Astronomy supporters,

As you might have already seen, the campaign didn't hit the needed threshold for it to be succesful. I will continue working on the project and while it might not be March 2015 when we deliver, I am committed to make it happen.

During the time of the campaign, I made really good progress with some potential organizations that have signaled support through in-kind donations of hardware (computers & 3D printers), software and services.

Have a great holiday season and thank you again for considering your support of this initiative.

Best,

Arturo

 

Filament pledges begin!

04/12/2014 at 2:52 PM

Filament Pledges for $99

Filament for the 3D printers is our value equivalent to sponsoring a brick for a new building. Except what we are building is a new way for blind youth to experience space !

The first sponsor for a filament roll came through today for #TactileAstronomy!

You can join and pledge a filament roll for $99, your name (or Family's or team) will be printed on each lesson plan/ 3D printed parts kit that is generated from the filament rolls.

We have an exciting 21 days to go!  Please help spread the word if you can and thanks for your patronage, sponsorship and support!

Best,

Arturo.

Our best pledge day so far!

02/12/2014 at 10:58 PM

I want to send a special note of grattutude to the anonymous pledge made today for $250!   Whoever you are, please know this helps us tremendously get to make this project funding succeed.

Today I have also met with Julie Rowe, Board Member of the Kiwispace Foundation ( www.kiwispace.org.nz ) who have also offered to help bring awareness of the project, the crowdfunding campaign and ongoing support. We are making friends!

Finally, I'd invite you all to HEAR the following TEDxTalk. I believe it will be a great experience to you as you've shown support for this type of projects that can augment the human experience and access to science, technology, education, arts and math.

Physicist Wanda L Diaz Merced lost her eyesight in her 20s and she never lost hope or determination to 'listen to the stars'.

 

 

With grattutude,

Arturo.

90 Seconds joins as storytelling partner for #TactileAstronomy !

30/11/2014 at 1:54 PM

 

90 Seconds logo.

 

I am excited to share that the team at 90 Seocnds will be engaging with #TactileAstronomy as we design, develop and deliver the project. 

In talking with Mischa Malane, Global Content Director and New Zealand General Manager for 90 Seconds, he said the following about the project:

"We are very excited by Arturo's vision to utilise experiential education avenues through kinesthetic learning. Tactile Astronomy is a fascinating and compelling venture that the 90 Seconds global team is looking forward to amplifying through rich video content."   


ABOUT 90 Seconds:
90 Seconds has been a video content provider and story teller for hundreds of global and national brands including PayPal, Power-By-Proxy and Rocket Lab.  Learn more: http://90seconds.tv/


 

Visiting BLENNZ & Manurewa High School today!

28/11/2014 at 10:57 AM

 

Thank you to all the initial people who have pledged for the project.  

As part of the Design of Tactile Astronomy, I have organized a series of meetings with The Blind Foundation, BLENNZ, Manurewa High School, families and blind youth.

Today I am attending meetings at BLENNZ and then at Manurewa High School.

I will share an update of the outcomes this weekend.

Best,

Arturo.

    Pledgers 7

    Tim McDonald
    2014-12-05 00:58:47 +1300
    Eric Rowe
    2014-12-04 13:25:05 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-12-02 20:15:05 +1300
    Patrick McCullough
    2014-12-02 10:58:58 +1300
    Baruk Feddabonn
    2014-11-25 22:21:16 +1300
    Isaac Rolfe
    2014-11-25 21:48:51 +1300
    David Orban
    2014-11-25 20:04:25 +1300

    Followers 3

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    Let's Teach Astronomy To Blind Youth

    Project 2014-11-22 19:33:21 +1300

    What?

    I want to develop a research pilot program called Tactile Astronomy. With Tactile Astronomy, I have connected 3D printing, experiential education and youth to provide a unique and compelling solution to blind youth and bridge access and interest in science, technology, the arts and math to all learners.

     

    Tactile Astronomy highlights advances in technology and the exponential decrease in cost of 3D printing to reach mass audiences —in this case, an educational setting to augment learning.

     

    The goal of Tactile Astronomy is to develop a research and development program, and a controlled pilot with the vision to deploy a versatile solution for 3D printing (additive manufacturing) in education across New Zealand.

     

    Tactile Astronomy is a story of human augmentation. It exemplifies what can be done with the power of the internet in a classroom in New Zealand from Designs captured from outer space. It proves that, regardless of where you are and who you are, you can be enabled by technology to make your life experience better.

     

    Your pledge will seed the necessary resources for the design, ongoing research and development work for this innovative educational outreach experience. 

    Current Budget Breakdown:

    50% for on-site 3D printer and supplies,    

    30% for desigining lesson plans, training materials and delivering them, 

    20% for office overhead, travel, supplies, incidentals. 

     

     

    Why?

    Tactile Astronomy is the first-of-its-kind program that can highlight cutting edge innovation, commitment to community and augmenting human experiences through technology. New Zealand schools can benefit greatly from this undoubtedly creative proposition. By focusing on blind and limited-vision youth, we can design a scalable, accesible and distributed educational platform for all New Zealanders as well as positioning New Zealand as a gateway for innovation and leading edge thinking. 


    Who?

    ArturoPelayo_InnovationConsultant

    My passion is connecting people.

    I am a strong believer on innovation and being a connector of ideas that may, at first, not appear to be related to one another. Being a connector gives me the joy of working with great people and untapping their creative potential. I am drawn to look 20 or 30 years ahead into the future and draw from it the technologies that can be a catalyst to augment the human condition. Tactile Astronomy is an exploration of how 3D printing can augment learning.

     
    As an Innovation Consultant, when I work with people from different fields of expertise in a project that is new and different from anything else, there are no mental constraints or predispositions to "how things should work". As it turns out, the further appart you are from a field, the easier it is to find novel solutions.
     
     
    I have over 12 years experience in projects that encompass design consultancies for new products and services, development of corporate training and business intelligence briefings with top executives in the USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Mexico and New Zealand.
     

    You can learn more about me here:  www.arturopelayo.com

     

    Where?

    I have been in conversations with several organizations ranging from The Blind Foundation, BLENNZ and staff at Manurewa High School. For this research pilot, my goal is to serve BLENNZ in their Homai Campus.

     

    The Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand ( Te Kotuituinga Mātauranga Pura o Aotearoa).

     

    BLENNZ is a school that is made up of a national network of educational services for children and young people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision in New Zealand.


     

    How?

    The Lessons:

    I will be developing lesson plans in close coordination with the partners and I will be curating the initial objects that we will 3D print. 


    The Objects:

    Some of the objects come from new designs as well as existing public libraries such as those from ESA and NASA.  We will optimize the design, test multiple prints and package a 3D printable lesson plan that also includes scale models of satellites, rovers, comets, asteroids, tiles of the surface of Mars and Earth’s Moon. All these 3D-models will be optimized and shared.

     

    The local 3D printing expertise:  

    Vivenda is an Auckland-based business for 3D printing, rapid- prototyping and product development.  Vivenda will provide support via a service level agreement during design, development, deployment and on-going needs. 

      

     

     

     

    Comments

    Thank you for your support.

    26/12/2014 at 10:34 AM

     

    Dear Tactile Astronomy supporters,

    As you might have already seen, the campaign didn't hit the needed threshold for it to be succesful. I will continue working on the project and while it might not be March 2015 when we deliver, I am committed to make it happen.

    During the time of the campaign, I made really good progress with some potential organizations that have signaled support through in-kind donations of hardware (computers & 3D printers), software and services.

    Have a great holiday season and thank you again for considering your support of this initiative.

    Best,

    Arturo

     

    Filament pledges begin!

    04/12/2014 at 2:52 PM

    Filament Pledges for $99

    Filament for the 3D printers is our value equivalent to sponsoring a brick for a new building. Except what we are building is a new way for blind youth to experience space !

    The first sponsor for a filament roll came through today for #TactileAstronomy!

    You can join and pledge a filament roll for $99, your name (or Family's or team) will be printed on each lesson plan/ 3D printed parts kit that is generated from the filament rolls.

    We have an exciting 21 days to go!  Please help spread the word if you can and thanks for your patronage, sponsorship and support!

    Best,

    Arturo.

    Our best pledge day so far!

    02/12/2014 at 10:58 PM

    I want to send a special note of grattutude to the anonymous pledge made today for $250!   Whoever you are, please know this helps us tremendously get to make this project funding succeed.

    Today I have also met with Julie Rowe, Board Member of the Kiwispace Foundation ( www.kiwispace.org.nz ) who have also offered to help bring awareness of the project, the crowdfunding campaign and ongoing support. We are making friends!

    Finally, I'd invite you all to HEAR the following TEDxTalk. I believe it will be a great experience to you as you've shown support for this type of projects that can augment the human experience and access to science, technology, education, arts and math.

    Physicist Wanda L Diaz Merced lost her eyesight in her 20s and she never lost hope or determination to 'listen to the stars'.

     

     

    With grattutude,

    Arturo.

    90 Seconds joins as storytelling partner for #TactileAstronomy !

    30/11/2014 at 1:54 PM

     

    90 Seconds logo.

     

    I am excited to share that the team at 90 Seocnds will be engaging with #TactileAstronomy as we design, develop and deliver the project. 

    In talking with Mischa Malane, Global Content Director and New Zealand General Manager for 90 Seconds, he said the following about the project:

    "We are very excited by Arturo's vision to utilise experiential education avenues through kinesthetic learning. Tactile Astronomy is a fascinating and compelling venture that the 90 Seconds global team is looking forward to amplifying through rich video content."   


    ABOUT 90 Seconds:
    90 Seconds has been a video content provider and story teller for hundreds of global and national brands including PayPal, Power-By-Proxy and Rocket Lab.  Learn more: http://90seconds.tv/


     

    Visiting BLENNZ & Manurewa High School today!

    28/11/2014 at 10:57 AM

     

    Thank you to all the initial people who have pledged for the project.  

    As part of the Design of Tactile Astronomy, I have organized a series of meetings with The Blind Foundation, BLENNZ, Manurewa High School, families and blind youth.

    Today I am attending meetings at BLENNZ and then at Manurewa High School.

    I will share an update of the outcomes this weekend.

    Best,

    Arturo.

      Tim McDonald
      2014-12-05 00:58:47 +1300
      Eric Rowe
      2014-12-04 13:25:05 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-12-02 20:15:05 +1300
      Patrick McCullough
      2014-12-02 10:58:58 +1300
      Baruk Feddabonn
      2014-11-25 22:21:16 +1300
      Isaac Rolfe
      2014-11-25 21:48:51 +1300
      David Orban
      2014-11-25 20:04:25 +1300

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