Aug­mented world is in their sand­box

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - By MON­TANA ARDON

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.

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