by Osvaldo Nunez , Design & Trend Contributor
In a spectacular merging of engineering and acoustics, The Cooper Union in New York City has created a unique learning environment for deaf and hearing-impaired children.
By installing an interactive light studio at the American Sign Language and English Lower School in New York City, the studio displayed entertaining images and graphics on an interactive screen. The pre-kindergarten children using the 270-square-foot space get to learn through their interactions with the moving images and light pulses and the displays allow them to actually understand the intricacies of sound, despite the fact that they can't actually hear.
"We are creating a learning environment in which deaf and hearing-impaired children can explore and appreciate the various qualities of music and sound through the interplay of light and vibration," said Melody Baglione, a professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. "We have developed technologies enabling the children to visualize sound."
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Classroom Acoustics Information
From the Alexander Graham Bell Association www.agbell.org
As they age, buildings can only get noisier, not quieter – cracks form and widen, duct anchors come loose and vibrate, fans and belts begin to squeal. Whatever the mix of exterior and interior noise, the best retrofit solutions are the ones that counteract multiple sources at the same time.
Hiring a qualified acoustician who can help find those solutions is highly recommended, and can leverage all the other investments you make in an existing building. Learn more about reducing noise in learning spaces with the Alexander Graham Bell Association’s article, Reducing Noise in Learning Spaces at http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/Document.aspx?id=185
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