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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