Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy (2019)
IDATA is a $2.5M NSF STEM+C funded project that works to advance knowledge of best practices in teaching and learning related to computation and computational thinking in astronomy. The project aims to understand how participation in a software design and development project to make astronomy image analysis accessible to the blind and visually impaired (BVI) influences students’ attitudes and beliefs about who can engage in STEM and computing. IDATA brings together BVI and sighted high school and middle school students and their teachers to create a fully accessible astronomy image and data analysis software tool. The IDATA team utilizes user-centered design processes and the iterative method for the development and testing of software and learning modules—improving access to our amazing universe for those with BVI related disabilities. Major project partners include AUI, Geneva Lake Astrophysics, and STEAM, TERC – STEM Education Evaluation Center, Linder Research and Development Inc., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.
NSF Award: 1640131