August 2, 2019: Join the Discovery Center in welcoming August’s Super Stellar Friday speaker, Noreen Grice, founder of You Can Do Astronomy LLC. Noreen earned her B.A. in Astronomy from Boston College. From there she went on to get her M.S. in Astronomy at San Diego State University and her M.B.A. from Central Connecticut State University. She also holds a certificate in Museums Studies, Non-Profit Management and Assistive Technology.
You Can Do Astronomy LLC is an accessibility design and consulting company with a focus on making astronomy and space science accessible to people through universal design. Grice’s talk will be primarily centered on how to make astronomy more accessible to people with visual impairments. She will also mention topics from her newest book, Everyone’s Universe: A Guide to Accessible Astronomy Places, which touches on all aspects of making science museums, planetariums and observatories more accessible to all people with disabilities.
Noreen Grice recalls the first time she encountered accessibility needs and her desire to fill that need:
“In 1984, a group of blind students opened my eyes to the need for accessibility in science education. The planetarium show I presented, and they attended, was not accessible because the images were projected on the ceiling overhead. They told me the show "stunk" and it got me thinking -- why can't astronomy be accessible for everyone?
Over thirty years later, I am president of You Can Do Astronomy LLC and author of six published accessible astronomy books. One book is in large print and ebook format and the other five books have text in print and Braille and pictures that are touchable. These books are in the hands of blind and visually impaired readers who use their fingers and mind's-eye to "see" celestial objects and the distant universe, many for the first time.
I believe that people who read visually or by touch can learn together if science education is accessible. I am committed to creating new universally designed books, products and methods to change the way people learn!”
Check out You Can Do Astronomy’s website: http://www.youcandoastronomy.com/ and learn more!
Doors open at 6:30 PM and our program will begin at 7 PM. Doors close at 9:30 PM.
The all-inclusive price for Super Stellar Friday at the Discovery Center is $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students and seniors, $8.50 for children 12 and under, and free for members. Pending clear skies, our observatory will be open and members of the NH Astronomical Society will be outside the Discovery Center at dusk with telescopes pointed to the sky, ready to share their knowledge and views from their telescopes for free.