Institution: Natural Sciences Museum of Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)
Primary Contact or Principal Investigator: Jesus Martinez-Frias
Contact Information:
Centro de Astrobiologia, CSIC-INTA (associated to the NASA Astrobiology Institute)
Ctra de Ajalvir, Km. 4, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid (Spain)
Tel: +34-915206418
Project Collaborators: J.A. Rodriguez-Losada, A. Eff-Darwich, Francisco Garcia-Talavera and Lazaro Sanchez-Pinto, OAMC, Sinpromi and ONCE
Project Description: The objective of the Short Course is to give a general overview about the significance of meteorites. This Earth and Planetary Course is devoted to all people but primarily people with sensory disabilities (blind and low vision).  It comprises of theoretical and practical classes, in which the students will be able to touch a selected representative group of meteorites (stony, stony-iron, iron meteorites), recognizing their morphology, surface textures (e.g. regmaglypts, fusion crust) and internal textres (e.g. Widmanstätten patterns, chondrules) comparing their features with those of some terrestrial volcanic rocks.  The course also includes a handbook in Braille, and the special assistance of experts in sign language interpretation.
Diversity Focus (Race, Gender, Disability, etc.): Devoted to all people but primarily people with sensory disabilities (blind and low vision)
Project Publications and Disseminated Materials: Short Handbook with text and pictures and a special handbook in Braille
Project Website: Short Video:

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