Tactile Collider : Accelerator Outreach to Visually Impaired Audiences

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  • External authors:
  • Benjamin Jeffrey
  • Billy Kyle
  • Thomas Pacey
  • Haroon Rafique
  • Robyn Watson
  • Taylor Boyd
  • Alisa Healy
  • Christopher Edmonds
  • Morgan Hibberd


The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has attracted significant attention from the general public. The science of the LHC and Higgs Boson is primarily communicated to school children and the wider public using visual methods. As a result, people with visual impairment (VI) often have difficulty accessing scientific communications and may be culturally excluded from news of scientific progress. Tactile Collider is a multi-sensory experience that aims to communicate particle accelerator science in a way that is inclusive of audiences with VI. These experiences are delivered as a 2-hour event that has been touring the UK since 2017. In this article we present the methods and training that have been used in implementing Tactile Collider as a model for engaging children and adults with science. The event has been developed alongside experts that specialise in making learning accessible to people with VI.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProc. 10th International Partile Accelerator Conference (IPAC'19), Melbourne, Australia, 19-24 May 2019
Place of PublicationGeneva, Switzerland
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-3-95450-208-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Partile Accelerator Conference
PublisherJACoW Publishing

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