Galileo

A globe for visually impaired children. Read more

  • Exploded and assembled view of the Galileo globe
  • Galileo globe with the African continent on the side

The aim was to develop a toy that enhances the cognitive, intellectual, motor and sensory capabilities of children with visual impairments, so that they are more integrated into society.

It was also intended to contribute to the systematization of the true needs of visually impaired children in school age, their sensory stimulation and spatial recognition, contributing to their ludic and educational estate.

In this way, we developed a globe-shaped puzzle. In this three-dimensional puzzle the pieces are made of injected polypropylene, and each of them represents a different continent that protrudes the globe so as to be removed. For its configuration and the different embossing on each of the continents, the pieces can be put back in their proper place, through the tactile recognition of the cutouts.

So, it is possible for visually impaired children not only to become aware of the different continents and their forms, but also of their spatial location.

Should be noted that there is no issue of falling parts during the rotation of the globe, since, in addition to the locking system, the pieces contain magnets for a more effective assembly. Also note that all continents should have their name placed on the respective piece, both in Braille as in common writing.

The spherical surface, as well as all the pieces of the continents, are painted beech wood. Each continent has different grooves for easier recognition. Lastly, inside the globe, there is a slot in which a 70 mm lead sphere circulates, so as to enable a constant inclination of 23.5 degrees, even if the globe rotates.