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Sensory Deprivation Map

Imagine that you have arrived in a new environment. How will you find out more about your new surroundings? Try this activity and explore a new environment while relying on senses other than your sense of sight!

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Plan

  • Where will you do this adventure? What boundaries will you set?
  • What maps will you use?
  • What do you know about your senses?
  • How do you use your senses to explore the world?
  • How will you make groups of two?

Do

  • In your pairs, decide who will close their eyes and wear headphones first.
  • The other person will lead their partner around the area within the boundaries.
  • As you move around the space together, tell your partner what you observe using your other senses. What do you smell? What do you feel? Do you taste anything in the air? How do these observations change as you move through the space?
  • Your partner will record your observations and mark the GPS coordinates of each observation.
  • At the end of the walk, record all the observations and locations from each partner on a single map.

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How did it feel to limit your senses of vision and hearing?
  • How did you explain what you found to your partner?
  • What did your other senses tell you about the environment?
  • How were your observations similar to others? How were they different?
  • What would life be like if you lived daily with limited vision and hearing? How would that change your daily routine?
  • What did you like about this adventure? What did you not like? How would you do this adventure differently?
  • What elements of STEM were in this adventure? Science? Technology? Engineering? Mathematics?

Keep it Simple

  • How good are you at using your different senses? Try out some different sensory activities!

Take it Further

  • Learn about how people with limited sight navigate the world. How do they get around their house? Their community?