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Reach for the Stars iBook

Reach for the Stars cover

Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn is a FREE iBook available for the iPad available for download from iTunes.  Tactile overlays are sold separately through National Braille Press. 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
  • Tactile overlays for interactive images available from National Braille Press 
  • 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.
Posted on September 12, 2014
Updated on: January 30, 2019