Design and Technology KS4: Making the playground accessible

How do you make a child's playground accessible for the blind?

Josh, 8, from London, was born blind with a rare condition called Norrie Disease.

It's difficult for him to play with children in the playground at primary school.

A team of inventors design a way to make the playground more accessible for Josh.

Design Strategist, Ruby Steel, and engineer, Jude Pullen, spend months investigating a host of different ways that Josh could navigate the playground and interact with his friends, from GPS satellite navigation to musical tiles.

They settle on the idea of building a ‘yellow brick road’; a clever pattern of pathways across the playground using yellow, tactile guidance tiles.

Under the tiles, are specially built ‘soundboards’ that will emit fun noises of animals and musical instruments.

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