Diversity in STEM can lead, among other benefits, to better problem-solving and expansion of the talent pool. But whilst we recognise the importance of diversity, many communities still feel unable to engage with STEM subjects.
Participation by the blind and low vision (BLV) community in STEM higher education is below the national average, in part due to their perceived ability to engage meaningfully in the delivered content.
This workshop will look at how emerging technologies such as 3D printing can be used to engage diverse cohorts with scientific content. With examples from multi sensory, inclusive exhibitions and workshops, we have engaged diverse groups with varying degrees of scientific understanding.
Session participants will be able to bring their own discipline knowledge to the workshop and take part in an interactive component in which they consider how content from their area can be presented in a way that would be more accessible and inclusive.
What will participants gain from attending your session?
Attendees will have a better understanding about the difficulties the BLV community have in accessing scientific information. We hope they will be inspired by the possibilities of presenting science in non visual ways, and take away practical tips for how to harness emerging technologies to increase access to scientific information and broaden participation.
Introduction to the issue of exclusion for those with vision disabilities in discourses around science and biomedicine [10 min]
Presentation of two case studies on how emerging technologies such as 3D printing is currently being used to engage BLV people with scientific content [20 min]
Workshop activities on how this can be remediated through multi sensory exhibition, displays and audience participation [60 min]