The Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox is a powerful learning tool that has been of great benefit to our learners. Grade 8 and 9 learners have made use of it in Social Sciences, and the Grade 10-12 students used it as part of Geography. The teachers and students engage with our AR Sandbox to learn about topography, fluvial systems, geomorphology, map analysis, mass movements and many more.
Further, the AR Sandbox system can be used as a tool for computer science and technology, as learners can experiment with the open-source nature of the sandbox applications and become familiar with running command-line procedures in Linux. Learners also have hands-on access to the physical computer hardware that runs the system, and can therefore evaluate the performance of the GPU and other components that run the AR Sandbox application.
Our system is based on the design published by researchers at UC Davis. The AR Sandbox runs in a Linux environment using a set of 3D visualization applications that detect the sand surface, and project new topography in real-time.