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Our Work
I have the honor to collaborate with Dr. Simon Park of Synses Designs to introduce a 3D printable tactile-textured chemistry modeling kit intended to introduce chemistry to physical learners and to improve the accessibility of non-sighted learning. While other kits may be functional for visually impaired learners, our unique design allows individuals with no light perception or total blindness to experience the world of chemistry. Our goal is to break down the barriers that face new chemistry students and to improve accessibility to the STEM fields.
A visually impaired woman using a 3D printed molecule and a speech bubble on the left of her head that says Are you a blind or visually impaired student interested in STEM?
3D Molecular Modeling Kits
textured 3D printed Nitrogen atom and a 3D printer in the background
3D printable
3D atoms placed beside one another with the label below each atom
Tactile placard key
A close-up of 2 3D atoms and their labels written below them
Braille accessible
Hands trying to arrange a molecule using textured 3d printed atoms
Easy to use
3D Cyclohexane molecule
Chemistry modeling kit
3D printed atoms and bonds set
With over 10 unique pieces
Our Team
Simon Park
Dr. Simon Park
Simon is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He oversees project development and research.
Mona Minkara
Dr. Mona Minkara
Dr. Minkara is one of the only blind professors in the field of bioengineering, currently an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University. Today, she serves as an advocate for blind and low vision individuals as a member for both ACS' Chemists with Disabilities committee and AIChE's Disabilities OutReach & Inclusion Community (DORIC) committee; the founder of Planes, Trains and Canes; and an entry point advisor for Emerging Researchers National Conference hosted by AAAS.