A pillow designed for visually impaired children to help them learn braille through touch and sound.

Morgan, Amanda, Anna, Rachel

A pillow with buttons containing textured letters and braille on their surface. When a button is pressed, the sound associated with that button is played. This pillow was designed to be a fun and educational toy for children with visual impairments.

There are not many toys on the market for children who are disabled, particularly those who are visually impaired. Additionally, only 10% of legally blind children in the United States can read braille. It has been proven that those who know braille have a higher rate of employment.

We created this pillow to be an accessible toy for children that teaches them the regular and braille alphabet. The pillow uses touch and sound, the two senses visually impaired children use to navigate their world.

We had many issues with the hardware, including our microchip burning out. We relied on online help forums and lots of trial and error to help us overcome these issues.

"The world is moving towards the integration of software into many of our everyday objects, creating an "Internet of Things." The TouchTeacher demonstrates one of the many ways our world can benefit from this transition."

We are a group from the Goldman Sachs Grace Hopper classroom. We all enjoyed the robotics week, so for our final project we wanted to do more with hardware. We came up with the idea for an accessible toy for children with disabilities because we noticed a large gap in the toy market in this area.

Morgan is a junior at Princeton Day School. Anna is a senior. Amanda is a junior at Roselle Park. Rachel is a senior at Saunders Technical High School.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Goldman Sachs - Grace Hopper.