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Paper Plate Education
"Serving the Universe on a Paper Plate"

Activity: The Tactile Platisphere

(Please see The Platisphere for initial instructions.)

Platis_13.jpg (13182 bytes)Three variations of the Platisphere were displayed at the 2000 GLPA Annual Conference—a children’s version, a tactile version, and a photography version.  Using the tactile version, visually impaired students of Dr. David Hurd touch the holes of the starfield plate as they would a Braille star chart.  A videotape showed Dr. Hurd guiding his students through a lesson in circumpolar stars and the stars' motion through the hours and through the months.  

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More photos are at the Photo Gallery- Edinboro.

Contributed by David Hurd.

GLPA Proceedings, 2000, pp. 67-68, with excerpts from demo Paper Plate Astronomy videotape.

[Note: This activity is included in the Paper Plate Astronomy video.]


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