Russia | In action since 2013
In past years, our Enactus team in Russia shared techniques on using adaptive 3-D technologies with staff at libraries serving blind and visually impaired people. As that technology continues to evolve rapidly, team members turned their attention to using 3-D printing to create specially designed tactile aids that would enable blind and visually impaired people to experience museum exhibits through touch. Using recycled plastic to create the tactile aids, our team created interactive exhibits housed in libraries serving the blind and visually impaired. The team now collaborates with museums and schools as well as libraries, and it has obtained sponsorship for the project from the Rybakov Fund.
Impact(s): More than 200 blind people have visited exhibitions housed in nine libraries for blind and visually impaired people throughout Russia.
What’s next: The team is developing additional collaborative relationships with schools for blind children.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Alexandr Nomerchuk; Natalia Poznina; Maxim Bondarev
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
While working on the Touch Museum, we organized the first mobile exhibition for blind people and have visited more than five regions in the south of Russia.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Unexpectedly almost all members of the team did not receive visas for World Cup 2016 in Canada, so our captain had to represent the team by himself.
Team described in one word:
Margarita joined Enactus two years ago at the invitation of our team captain in Russia. Now as vice-captain of the two-time National Champion team, she oversees the text of its presentations, although she’s active in all aspects of team life. Looking ahead to Enactus World Cup 2017, Margarita says she anticipates “we’ll make contacts with members of Enactus teams and business [people] from all over the world.” A system-analysis major, she plans to graduate in June 2018.
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Team Captain Artem joined Enactus five years ago and has been a project leader as well. Because other members were unable to obtain visas in 2016 to travel to Toronto, he was the sole team representative to attend Enactus World Cup 2016. He also attended EWC 2013 in Mexico, and he’s looking ahead to a successful team performance this year. A computer-science major, he is working toward his doctorate.
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