University of Edinburgh

Tactile Collider Demonstration

Experience the amazing science of CERN's Large Hadron Collider

Held on Tuesday, 12th June 2018


The Scottish Sensory Centre hosted a demonstration of the Tactile Collider for pupils with a visual impairment aged 11 to 18 and their teachers. This event was arranged through Robyn Watson, Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Bolton Sensory Support Service.

The idea was to make science as exciting and accessible as possible for those who may previously have not considered it, or been able to access it fully.

Further Information

The project has been developed by the Cockcroft Institute and scientists from University of Manchester and University of Liverpool. It uses interactive demonstrations, tactile objects and soundscapes to illustrate the science of the Large Hadron Collider to a visually impaired audience.

The developers noticed a lack of science education materials that inform people with visual impairments about scientific research, and hope that the provision of such may inspire children with VI to consider science as a career.

Tactile Collider has been over a year in development and the first event was held at Eden Boys School in Bolton on 10th January. It was delivered it to 30 students aged between 12-16 and was very well received by both students and accompanying staff.