Thanks to the skill and generosity of our staff we have been able to create two augmented reality sandboxes to aid in the teaching of Geography and Outdoor Education.
Augmented reality technology can help create three dimensional objects using different colours. The shapes created adapt as they are manipulated by the students.
The augmented reality (AR) sandbox is a system of sensors for real time 3D scanning, light projection and geographic information system (GIS) software that allows people to dynamically interact with and modify a virtual/physical landscape topography.
In this task, our Year 8 students were asked to recreate the Kalbarri coastline from a two dimensional topographic map showing different elevations, landforms and contours. Not only were they able to demonstrate their understanding of topography, the hands-on practical nature of learning meant they also great fun!
We'd like to thank the staff involved for helping us create our own sandbox, which ensured we were able to keep costs to the minimum. This includes our Maintenance team who constructed the boxes, the IT team who provided the specs, and Mr Rob Blair (Head of Digital Technologies) for donating the 3D camera.