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Michael Cook, Superintendent Sheffield-Sheffield Lake CSD
I am pleased to share with the readers, a newer piece of technology and software called an “Augmented Reality Sandbox” which was initiated by UC Davis’ W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in Earth Sciences.
The project specialist was Peter Gold from UC Davis’ Department of Geology.
This year Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District was fortunate to have two senior students, who work in our technology department, discover this invention online and decide to build it and share it with our teaching staff with guidance from our technology director, Doug Cogdell. The two students also wrote a unique curriculum for teachers to follow, which meshes with the necessary teaching standards. Spence Nikalov and Alec Gill were the ambitious senior students and they have been working with others to show their construction and version of the AR Sandbox using directions given by the inventor which are found online at www.arsandbox.org.
What is The AR Sandbox?
It is a tool that helps teachers physically create topography models which are then scanned into a computer in real time. Simply stated, a teacher can show students different elevations and create water movement within those elevations just by playing in the sand. It is fun and also based on equations that make the land and water flow accurate. We have found that the younger students can use the technology and that upper level science students are also able to use it as well. It is very accommodating to a diverse group of learners.
The AR Sandbox will be on display at the Lorain County ESC when not in use in our district and there will be opportunities for others to build the AR Sandbox as well. For more information, please contact Dave Miller though phone or email; 440-324-3172 (1195) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are extremely proud of Alec and Spence who showed great initiative towards their passion of technology integration in education. Spence and Alec have not only helped our district technology programs but they have helped surrounding districts improve instruction and hands-on learning by sharing this model.
They also have been nominated to present the AR Sandbox at the Capital Conference in the fall.