Apps and technology

Reach for the Stars iBook

This free interactive iBook makes astronomy come to life for young scientists, including those with visual impairments. Accessibility features are built in.

Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn is a FREE iBook available for the iPad available for download from iTunes. Designed for students in grades 4- 8, this interactive iBook brings astronomy and STEM to life for all learners, including those with visual impairments.

This interactive iBook includes interviews with scientists, information about how the universe began, and information about the latest scientific advances in astronomy.

Accessibility features include:

  • Voice-over screen reader on iPad compatibility
  • Refreshable Braille display compatibility
  • Sonification of data visualizations
  • Read-aloud functionality
  • Captioning
  • Printable 3-D models of Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope
This amazing iBook was created by Ada Lopez, Ed Summers, and Elena Sabbi.  Content is mapped to state science standards.