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Tactile Sun-Watching Graphics: Bridging Past and Present


Dr. Nicole E. Johnson* and Tasnim A. Alshuli**

*Fiske Planetarium, University of Colorado, Boulder

**College of Education, University of Arizona


This presentation shares a year-long journey of collaborating closely with educators, students, and community stakeholders to develop a set of seven thermoform tactile art representations that illustrate both ancient and modern methods for observing and recording the solar corona. Funded by the Outreach team for PUNCH, a NASA Small Explorer (SMEX) mission, this work uses an iterative design process to gain invaluable insights through direct engagement with community partners across the U.S. These insights shaped the creation of a tactile graphic set that not only bridges the past and present of sun-watching but also serves as a testament to the impact of community-driven accessibility solutions and the power of collaborative learning experiences in producing meaningful educational resources.