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NASA creates braille experience for Arkansas School for the Blind

NASA is hoping to spark interest in science among students, and they're using an upcoming solar eclipse to do it. (KATV Photo)

NASA is hoping to spark interest in science among students, and they're using an upcoming solar eclipse to do it.

NASA wrote a book in braille about the total eclipse which will happen in August 2017. This book is meant to show the eclipse to kids who otherwise couldn't see it.

The Arkansas Space Grant Consortium took the book to students at the School for the Blind, hoping it would inspire them to reach for the stars.

"A solar eclipse is whenever the moon crosses by the sun," an Arkansas School for the Blind student explained.

These middle schoolers at the School for the Blind have been studying the science behind an eclipse.

NASA wanted to show the students something special, so they wrote a book in braille.

"It's got this tactile diagram and it labels this as the path so if you follow that, it's going to show you where," it is explained as the students are shown the book.

The book tracks the expected path of the August 2017 eclipse across the United States.

"It shows a partial eclipse. It shows a total eclipse and it shows what happens when the moon comes between the sun and the earth. It also shows the path of totality as the moon goes across the nation so a student would be able to trace that path of totality and hopefully understand what a solar eclipse is," Dr. Constance Meadors explained to KATV. "They want to make sure that even those with disabilities are aware of their abilities to be a part of the NASA administration or NASA programs..."

NASA wants to teach these kids that the mysteries of space are within their grasp...in fact, right at their fingertips.

"So anything we can give them to improve their ability to access the world, and in this case, access the universe, is very exciting," Dr. Keith Hudson, director of the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, said.









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