Science Materials at IESBVI

Science Materials at IESBVI

Science Materials at IESBVI

Life Science


  • DNA twist
  • DNA/RNA kit
  • Genetic Code Large Print Braille tables
  • Tactile Punnett Squares (2x2 or 4x4)
  • Life Science Tactile Graphics
    (binder—see below for complete contents)
  • Tactile microscope slides
  • 3D DNA modeling kit
  • Pull apart cell
  • Plant cell kit
  • Animal cell kit
  • Meiosis/Mitosis large tactile posters


  • Touch, Label, & Learn Poster: Human Skeleton
  • Basic Tactile Anatomy Atlas
    (2 volume binders—see below for complete contents)

Tactile Binders:

  • Reproductive system
  • Nervous system
  • Excretory and endocrine systems
  • Respiratory system
  • Digestive system
  • Circulatory system
  • Urinary
  • Endocrine
  • Female reproductive system
  • Male reproductive system
  • Menstrual cycle
  • The heart
  • The tooth
  • Vital organs
  • The skin
  • Sense of hearing
  • Sense of smell
  • Sense of sight
  • Sense of taste
  • Gestation

Life Science

3D Models

  • Brain
  • Ear
  • Eye
  • Heart
  • Tooth
  • Fetal Development (multiple models)
  • Skin
  • Various human organs (nearly life size)
  • Paramecium
  • Meiosis/Mitosis (multiple models for stages)
  • Meiosis/Mitosis (tactile binder)
  • Frog dissection
  • Flower model

Physical Science


  • Azer's Interactive Periodic Table Study Set (atom model, electron configuration, balancing equations)
  • Tactile Periodic table w/ reference book


  • Circuit Sets (tactile and 3D)
  • Talking multimeters
  • Motor (to replace lights in circuits)
  • Light and Sight Kit from APH
    Tactile kit for manipulating ideas about reflection, refraction and light.

Earth and Space Science

  • Sense of Science: Astronomy
    (kit—see below for complete contents)
  • Star Tent
  • Planet ball model
  • Relational rope model for planet distance
  • Eclipse Tactual Binder

Braille books:

  • Ocean, Tide and Wave Energy
  • Harnessing the Power from the Sun
  • Wind Power
  • Solar Power

Lab Equipment

Measuring liquids

  • 50 ml graduated cylinder w/ float (tactual)
  • Syringes (notched)
  • Beakers sets with overflow

Measuring Mass/Weight

  • Talking digital scale
  • Tactile spring scale
  • Pan balance with tactile mass pieces

Measuring Linear Distance

  • 18" flexible large print/braille ruler
  • Meterstick/Trundle wheel
  • Flexible meterstick
  • 30 cm flexible large print/braille ruler
  • Metric tactile measuring tape
  • Talking tape measure

Other Lab Tools

  • Thermometers (talking or tactile)
  • Vernier probes
  • Talking LabQuest
    (digital data collection and graphing)
  • Available Data Probes that work with LabQuest: Dual force, heart rate, light, pH, magnetic field, dissolved oxygen, gas pressure, motion detector
  • Talking Colorino (color identification)
  • Tactile directional compass

Print References

  • Adapting Science for Students with Visual Impairments: A Handbook for the Classroom Teacher and TVI
  • Making Science Accessible - A Guide for Teaching Introductory Physics to Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

General Supplies

  • Draftsman Drawing Board
  • Graph paper

(bold line, low relief, embossed--variety of sizes)

  • Textured paper
  • Tactile dots
  • Dot marker collection
  • Sticky foam sheets/pieces (hole punch dots)
  • Brass fasteners/snaps
  • Sectioned containers, cookie sheets, muffin tins, egg cartons
  • Wikki-Stix
  • Feel 'n Peel, Alphabet, Nemeth Stickers
  • Change Tactual Diagram Kit
  • Graphic Art Tape
  • Picture Maker Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit
  • Puff paint/glue
  • Tactile stickers
  • Tracing Wheel

Available Graphics Which Are Tactile & Braill

  • Sense of Science: Plants (kit)

Bean Seed



Leaf Types

Log Cross-Section


Taproot System


  • Sense of Science: Animals (kit)




Butterfly life cycle


Frog life cycle




Spider web



  • Sense of Science: Astronomy (kit)

Circumpolar constellations

Cross section of the sun

Galaxy types

Lunar eclipse

Milky Way Galaxy

Moon phases

Orbit of a comet

Our solar system

Phases of the moon

Planetary orbits

Planets: Quick Fact Cards

Relative distances of the planets

Relative sizes of the planets

Solar eclipse

Space shuttle

Ursa major/Ursa minor

  • Life Science Tactile Graphics (Binder)

1Light or Compound Microscope

2Cell Sizes and Shapes

3Comparing Animal and Plant Cells



6Prokaryotic Cell

7Bacterial Types


9DNA Double Helix

10DNA Replication


12Chromosome Duplication

13Cell Cycle Chart


15Meiosis I

16Meiosis II

17Non-Disjunction in Meiosis I

18Non-Disjunction in Meiosis II


20Viral Replication

21Membrane Transport 1

22Membrane Transport 2


24Forelimb Bones

25Comparative Embryology

26Skin Cross-Section


28The Eye

29The Ear

30Using Lenses for Vision Correction

31Sense of Taste

32Leaf Cross-Section

33Tree Canopy & Roots

34Vascular Structure of Wood

35Plant Intake and Output

36Moss Life Cycle

37Fern Life Cycle

38Pine Life Cycle

39Parts of a Flower

40Monocot and Dicot Seeds

41Seed Germination


43Sponge Life Cycle

44Cnidarian Stinging Cell

45Cnidarian Life Cycle

46Flatworm and Roundworm

47Snail Body Plan

48Insect Metamorphosis

49Insect Feeding Adaptations

50Fish Internal Organs

51Fish Skeleton

52Amniotic Egg

53Bird Flight Adaptations

54Water Cycle

55Carbon Cycle

56Food Web

  • Basic Science Tactile Graphics (binder)
    (I recommend this for all K-8 students)

1Leaf Shapes and Veins

2Parts of a Seed (Cutaway View)

3Germination of a Bean Plant (Three Stages)

4Parts of a Flower


6Types of Roots

7Plant Cell

8Sea Anemone


10Segmented Worm


12Egg (Cutaway View)



15Valve Inside Vein (Cutaway View)

15Blood Flow from Artery to Vein

16The Eye—Front View

17Parts of the Eye (Cutaway Side View)

18Image Formation on Retina



20Curved Mirrors

21Sound Frequencies


23North American Air Masses

24Cold Front

25Warm Front

26Weather Symbols/Weather Map of U.S.

27The Atmosphere

28Earth’s Layers

29Volcano Formation (Cutaway View)

30Earthquake Shifts Earth Layers

31World Map Showing Earthquake Zones

32Map of Earthquake and Volcano Zones

33Ocean Floor (Cutaway View)

34Moon’s Effect on Tides

35Wave Braking on Shore

36Sunlight on the Moon and Earth

36Moon Phases

37Summer and Winter Sunlight

38Direct Rays and Slanting Rays

39Elliptical Paths of Planets Around the Sun


41The Solar System

42Stars in the Milky Way Galaxy

43States of Matter


44Molecules and Compounds

44Water Molecule

45Field Around Bar Magnet

46Fields Around Magnetic Poles

47Inside a Battery

47Flow of Current

48Circuitry Symbols

48Simple Circuit Diagram

49Inside a Light Bulb

50Airflow Around Wing (Side View)

50Forces Acting on Airplane in Flight


52Powering a Rocket

  • Basic Anatomy Tactile Atlas—Volume I (Binder)

1Anterior View of the Skeleton

2Anterior View of Skull

3Typical Vertebra


5Typical Long Bone

6Bones of the Hand

7Bones of the Foot

8Anterior View of Muscles

9Posterior View of Muscles

10Superficial Back Muscles
11Components of a Cell
12Multipolar Neuron

13Lateral View of Brain

14Lobes of the Brain

15The Eye

16The Ear

17Endocrine Glands

18Pituitary Gland


  • Basic Anatomy Tactile Atlas—Volume II (Binder)

20Anterior View of the Heart

21Posterior View of the Heart

22Circulation Through the Heart

23Arterial Pulse Points

24Blood Cells

25Lymph Node Regions

26Paranasal Sinuses

27Superior View of Larynx

28Respiratory Passages

29Interior of the Lung

30Lung Alveolus and Capillary

31Nose, Mouth, Pharynx

32Oral Cavity

33Salivary Glands

34Structure of a Tooth

35Position of Abdominal Organs

36Position of Abdominal Organs

37Position of Abdominal Organs


39Biliary Apparatus and Pancreas

40Interior of Kidney

41Male Pelvis

42Female Pelvis

43Female Reproductive System

44Ovulation and Implantation of Ovum


46Structure of a Chromosome

47Structure of DNA


3-D Microscopic Models (Cupboard with all plates)

Plate 1 Relative sizes and petri dish

1. Life sized water flea models, bacterium, and viruses

2. Model Petri dish with colonies

Plate 2 Viruses

1. Papillomavirus

2. Adenovirus

3. Reovirus

4. Calicivirus

5. Enterovirus, Rhinovirus

6. Hepatitis B virus

7. Herpes I & II viruses, Varicella Zoster virus

8. Smallpox virus

Plate 3 Viruses

1. Influenza virus Mumps virus Rubeola virus

2. Human immunodeficiency virus

3. Corona virus

4. Western equine encephalitic virus, Eastern equine encephalitic virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitic virus Rubella virus

5. Viruses for: Yellow fever, West Nile Disease, Hepatitis C, Saint Louis encephalitic disease

6. Rabies virus

7. Ebola virus

Plate 4 Bacteria, chemoorganotrophic gram positive

1. Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, Peptococcus & Peptostreptococcus

2. Streptococcus viridans, Streptococcus pyogenes

3. Streptococcus pneumoniae

4. Lactobacillus, Listeria

5. Bacillus species & Bacillus anthracis

6. Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium tetani, Clostridium botulinum

7. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare, Mycobacterium leprae

8. Streptomyces

9. Corynebacterium diphtheria

10. Mycoplasma pneumonia

Plate 5 Bacteria, chemoorganotrophic gram negative

1. Neisseria meningitides, Neisseria gonorrhea

2. & 3. Bacteria with flagella, Escherichia coli, Salmonella species, Salmonella typhi, Shigella, Yersinia entercolitica, Yersinia pestis

4. Pseudomonas aeruginosa

5. Helicobacter pylori

6. Campylobacter jejunum

7. Vibrio cholerae

8. Legionella pneumophila

9. Bacteroides species

10. Fusobacterium species

Plate 6 Bacteria, chemoorganotrophic gram negative and chemolithotrophic

1. Bdellovibrio

2. Haemophilus influenza

3. Bordetella pertussis, Pasteurella multocida

4. Francisella tularensis

5. Treponema pallidum, Leptospira, Borrelia

6. Zoogloea

7. Rhizobium

8. Thiobacillus

9. Nitrosomonas

10. Gallionella

Plate 7 Bacterial genetic exchange

1. Conjunction

2. Transduction

3. Transformation

Plate 8 Bacteria, phototrophic

1. Anabaena

2. Aphanizomenon

3. Cylindrospermopsis

Plate 9 Bacteria, phototrophic

1. Oscillatoria, Planktothrix

2. Pseudanabaena

3. Arthrospira, Spirulina

4. Microcystis

Plate 10 Archaea

1. Sulfolobus

2. Halococcus

3. Haloferax

4. Haloquadratum

5. Archeoglobus

6. Methanogenium

7. Methanosarcina

8. Methanospirillum

Plate 11 Protists, amoebae

1. Proteus

2. Entamoeba histolytica

3. Acanthamoeba and Naegleria

Plate 12 Protists, ciliates

1. Paramecium

2. Vorticella

3. Lacrymaria

Plate 13 Protists, flagellates and coccidia

1. Euglena

2. Giardia

3. Cryptosporidium

Plate 14 Protists, blood parasites

1. Trypanosome

2. Plasmodium

Plate 15 Protists, unicellular algae

1. Rhodomonas

2. Cyclotella

3. Fragillaria

4. Peridinium

Plate 16 Protists, colonial and filamentous algae

1. Asterionella

2. Gametocyte

3. Spirogyra

Plate 17 Fungi, yeast and dimorphic fungi

1. Candida albicans

2. Saccharomyces

3. Malassezia furfur, Malassezia pachydermatous

4. Histoplasma

Plate 18 Fungi, molds

1. Trichophyton

2. Aspergillus

Plate 19 Metazoa

1. Rotifer

2. Nematode