AR immersive Sandbox for schools

A mesmerizing story-telling device that makes learning interactive.

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Overview

What is Augmented Reality(AR) ?

A technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. The primary value of augmented reality is that it brings components of the digital world into a person’s perception of the real world, and does so not as a simple display of data, but through the integration of immersive sensations that are perceived as natural parts of an environment.

What is an AR Sandbox?

As children, our geography and topography classes largely consisted of two-dimensional maps drawn on flat sheets of paper, with contour lines drawn all over them that didn’t mean much. However, life, and specifically geography, is a lot more fun for children (as well as adults) these days, with augmented reality sandboxes.

The sandboxes are full of washed play safe sand and use augmented reality to create topography models in real life.

Goals

  • Create real-time, colourful topographic maps with contour lines, simulated water and elevation colour maps
  • Help children learn about the different layers of earth by actually creating them. It is educational cum fun learning for children
  • Helps children use their creativity on sand and create a different world of their own using the concept of topography
  • Not just children but teachers can also get to learn this new concept and further engage students in geography related activities during class
  • The Sandbox can be part of the geography lab. Students can work on different projects in groups of 6-8 students at a time.
  • The sandbox can also become a part of the annual school science exhibition

Features

Understanding Topography & Contour Maps

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Topographic maps can be difficult for both children and adults to understand. The sandbox can be used to create a model that represents real topography and can help students connect an abstract map to actual topography and explore land form evolution and ecosystem processes.

Topographic maps provide a way of showing a 3-dimensional landscape on a 2-dimensional surface. Contour lines are the main feature of topographic maps. Every point on a single contour line represents the same elevation or height above a reference point (usually sea level). If you were to walk along a contour line, you would not climb up or down, but stay at the same elevation at all times.

The contour interval represents the vertical distance between two adjacent contour lines. Moving from one contour line to the next represents a rise or drop in elevation. The closer together the lines, the steeper the terrain.

Topographic maps are most commonly used for navigation so that hikers and travelers can get a sense of the terrain. They are also used by scientists to explore how earth processes and properties vary with topography

With the AR Sandbox , Educators and Students can explore how contour lines work by observing, in real time, how the lines and color projections change as the topography changes.

 

Understanding and exploring Landforms

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A landform is a natural feature of the solid surface of the Earth. Landforms together make up a given terrain, and their arrangement in the landscape is known as topography. Typical landforms include hills, mountains, plateaus, canyons, and valleys, as well as shoreline features such as bays, peninsulas, and seas,[citation needed] including submerged features such as mid-ocean ridges, volcanoes, and the great ocean basins.

AR Sandbox helps students in physical geography lab interpret contour lines and visualize the 3D landscape depicted as lines on a topographic map—concepts that students find challenging.

Educators can demonstrate a wide range of Earth science concepts interactively. For instance, they can show—and encourage students to build—the varied landforms found on Earth’s surface and illustrate how they were created by a variety of processes such as flooding, erosion, tectonics, and glaciation.

 

Learning watershed sustainability

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Water is a critical resource for all life on earth. The landforms found on the earth’s surface were created by a variety of processes such as erosion, tectonics, and glaciation. When water flows on the earth’s surface, it travels, converges and diverges based on the shape of landforms. This distribution of water which leads to regions called watersheds plays a key role in the type and distribution of ecosystems around the world

The sandbox can be used to help teachers and students describe and demonstrate what a watershed is and discuss how human impacts on watersheds can affect us and the ecosystems in which we live.


Science learning objectives

As a result of engaging in play with the AR sandbox, students will be able to understand the concepts detailed in the list below. Outcomes will vary depending on the inquiry path followed and the age and base level of knowledge of the students.

General Learning

  1. The shape of the earth’s surface defnes regions called watersheds
  2. Watersheds are areas of land which drain to a particular body of water
  3. There are a variety of ways in which watersheds impact ecosystems and humans.

Topographical Maps

  1. Understand the construction of topographic maps and the use of contour lines to show the earth’s surface in three dimensions
  2. Create a 3 dimensional model from a topographic map.

Landforms & Geology

  1. Understand how the earth’s surface changes through natural processes like erosion and deposition, which are driven by movement of water.
  2. Create a physical model of a variety of landforms.
  3. Explore erosional and depositional processes

Watersheds

  1. Understand how liquid water moves on the earth’s surface and how its fow relates to land surface elevation and shape.
  2. Develop an awareness of the watershed in which they live.
  3. Understand the diversity of landforms and water bodies found on the planet.
  4. Develop a list of ways to conserve water and protect watersheds at home or at school

How does AR Sandbox work ?

The AR Sandbox combines the power of exploration for advancing learning via a kinesthetic experience in which users create topographic models by shaping sand with geoscience-relevant digital imagery

The AR Sandbox uses a computer projector and a motion-sensing input device with a 3D camera mounted above a box of sand. The user shapes the sand in the box, and the camera detects the distance to the sand below. A three-dimensional (3-D) model of the sand surface is used to project contour lines and a color-coded elevation map representing the corresponding topography onto the sand’s surface. As users move the sand, the camera perceives the changes, and the projected colors and contour lines change accordingly.


Get the AR Sandbox for your School

Now you can lease out or own your own AR Sandbox for your School. We have customized two options :

Lease out a Sandbox :

Under this option, we would signup an annual lease with the school for the sandbox. We would install our sandbox and maintain it completely for a signed up period. The sandbox would be installed at the school premises. The school administration pays us a monthly lease charges basis a one year agreement as per the terms and conditions of the organisation.  The school is free to use the sandbox with no responsibility of maintaining it. All the maintenance and service would be taken care by us.

Own a Sandbox :

Under the outright purchase option, the school administration can purchase the complete equipment with a onsite warranty for equipment for an year. And One year service contract which would include 4 services quarterly.  The operation and maintenance is the responsibility of the school administration. Not all parts are covered under warranty.

To know more details about the price offers and other clarification, kindly feel free to call us on 7678246921 or mail us at pn@zooomie.com


Request for a Demo

Schools interested in the product  can request us to schedule for a demo at the school premises.

Our demo session would be done for a day at the appropriate space provided at the geography lab or similar areas. The setup would be done 12-16 hours in advance. We would have our experts training the teachers and students on how to use the sandbox. We would also be conducting few activity sessions with the students and teachers to help them understand the various features of the earth in real time.

The session needs to be booked at least 15 days in advance. 

Demo Request Form

Kindly fill the form below to schedule a demo at your school premises. Currently we are only serving Gurgaon area.

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