|Caroline Karbowski, founder, See3D|
In this episode, we meet Caroline Karbowski, founder of See3D, an organization that manages the printing and distribution of 3D models for the Blind. She's a student at Ohio State University who is building a network of volunteer printers.
We also meet several people who have used the service, who raise some fascinating questions about tactile learning. Lindsay Yazzolino, a Boston-area tactile designer, challenges the notion that "blind" means "sensory-impoverished." Tactile learning is a rich experience, she said.
We will explore tactile learning more in September's episode, in an interview with Sheri Wells-Jensen of Bowling Green State University.
1:00 - Caroline Karbowski tells how she started See3D, which began as a way to create models from unused 3D printer filament. It is now an official nonprofit.
4:40 - Caroline talks about the number of models the network has printed (more than 800 at the time of this recording).
5:12 - The Ohio Braille Challenge, a braille reading contest, is a big requester of models. The latest one was space-themed, with a lot of constellations.
5:45 - Caroline describes who does the printing, including her, her friends, educators and volunteers.
7:18 - She is hoping to expand her network. Files are being shared on Thingiverse.
11:25 - Heiley Thurston talks about her experience with tactile learning. She used a model to better understand a fly.
12:09 - Bugs are popular requests.
12:33 -Lindsay Yazzolino, a tactile designer from the Boston area, talks about making hand-catching experiences--including a giant model of the human brain (done through a project outside of See3D).
14:36 - Rachel Hage, a certified assistive technology instruction specialist, used a 3D printed model of an eye to help her in her studies
16:25 - 3D models are a serious way to learn.
18:20 - 3D models of mummies allow people to explore a mummy without damaging it.
19:00 - Rachel used a 3D printed iPhone to help students understand how to use one.
24:55 - Caroline would love to connect with more people and inspire more creators. Maybe people who have to do a model for homework can do an assignment that would help people better understand the things around them.
26:05 - Lindsay argues against the notion that being blind means being deprived of sensory experience.
27:05 - The next episode will explore the concept of tactile learning in more depth, featuring an interview with Sheri Wells-Jensen. Watch for it on September 2!