The Reading / Listening - Level 1

A 13-year-old, Shubham Banerjee, has made a machine to help blind people read. It uses Braille - small bumps that people touch to read letters. Machines that make these small bumps usually cost at least $2,000. Banerjee made his Braille writer from a Lego robot kit. It costs just $350. He called his new device the Braigo – a combination of the words Braille and Lego. It changes electronic text into Braille. A computer or mobile device can print it.



Banerjee designed his Braigo as a science project. The technology giant Intel invested in his machine but did not say how much money. Banerjee also got $35,000 from his father. His father is a computer engineer. He said: "We as parents started to get involved more, thinking that he's on to something and this innovation process has to continue." Banerjee wants many blind people to use his Braille printer.

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Sources
  • http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242000
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2917874/Boy-13-builds-Braille-printer-Legos-starts-company.html#ixzz3RoQTV1SS
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/shubham-banerjee-braille-printer_n_6508032.html


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MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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a machine to help

a.

words Braille and Lego

2.

small bumps that people

b.

least $2,000

3.

Machines that make

c.

device

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cost at

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from a Lego robot kit

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Banerjee made his Braille writer

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text into Braille

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a combination of the

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touch to read letters

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It changes electronic

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blind people read

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A computer or mobile

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these small bumps



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Banerjee designed his Braigo

a.

involved more

2.

The technology

b.

much money

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did not say how

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engineer

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Banerjee also got $35,000

d.

has to continue

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His father is a computer

e.

as a science project

6.

We as parents started to get

f.

from his father

7.

he's on to

g.

giant Intel

8.

this innovation process

h.

something


LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A 13-year-old, Shubham Banerjee, has (1) ___________________ help blind people read. It uses Braille - (2) ___________________ people (3) ___________________ letters. Machines that make these small bumps usually (4) ___________________ $2,000. Banerjee made his Braille writer from a Lego robot kit. It costs just $350. He called (5) ___________________ Braigo – a combination of the words Braille and Lego. It changes electronic text into Braille. A computer or mobile (6) ___________________.

Banerjee designed his Braigo (7) ___________________. The technology giant Intel invested in his (8) ___________________ not say how much money. Banerjee (9) ___________________ from his father. His (10) ___________________ computer engineer. He said: "We as parents started (11) ___________________ more, thinking that he's on to something and this innovation process has to continue." Banerjee wants many blind (12) ___________________ Braille printer.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

A13-year-old,ShubhamBanerjee,hasmadeamachinetohelpblindpe
opleread.ItusesBraille-smallbumpsthatpeopletouchtoreadletters.M
achinesthatmakethesesmallbumpsusuallycostatleast$2,000.Baner
jeemadehisBraillewriterfromaLegorobotkit.Itcostsjust$350.Hecalle
dhisnewdevicetheBraigo–acombinationofthewordsBrailleandLeg
o.ItchangeselectronictextintoBraille.Acomputerormobiledevicecan
printit.BanerjeedesignedhisBraigoasascienceproject.Thetechnolog
ygiantIntelinvestedinhismachinebutdidnotsayhowmuchmoney.Ban
erjeealsogot$35,000fromhisfather.Hisfatherisacomputerengineer.
Hesaid:"Weasparentsstartedtogetinvolvedmore,thinkingthathe'so
ntosomethingandthisinnovationprocesshastocontinue."Banerjeewa
ntsmanyblindpeopletousehisBrailleprinter.

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