Augmented world is in their sandbox
STUDENTS at St Hilda’s were the first in WA to experience the augmented reality (AR) sandbox this month.
From above, a projection of contours and topography follows the user’s every move, changing as the landscape does to show all kinds of measurements and scenarios, including water run-offs from rainfall.
It is the first time that the sandbox has been able to be transported to a school, its new mobile form allowing students to interact with the technology.
The girls were able to create their own landscapes complete with mountain ranges, valleys, dams and rivers, as well as simulate rain.
CSIRO research scientist Dr Gordon German spoke to the students about how the technology works and what it is used for.
“There’s something very addictive about being able to use your hands to produce things, and when it’s tied in with a science goal, it can really drive people to see how science can be used,” he said.
“Especially in areas that they may not have thought of before.”
The sandbox visited both the senior and junior schools, starting with the senior students before travelling to the junior students.
Year 9 student Angelique Preau said she was surprised with how responsive the technology was.
“When you actually do it, it follows your every move and reacts with you,” she said.
“When you haven’t done it before, you can’t imagine how it moulds so well; it’s so real.”
The AR sandbox visit was part of the CSIRO’S Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools partnership.
Senior School students Isabelle Fleming, Angelique Preau and Rachel Lewis with Dr Gordon German and the AR sandbox.