Augmented Reality Sandbox to Teach Science Concepts Grades 3-6

BY Christine Skirvan & Stephanie Handrahan

Oak Ridge School

Project Description
You can see a live demonstration of what the augmented reality sandbox is capable of at the following link:

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
Success will be measured by each grade level (3 to 6) participating in labs using the augmented reality sandbox that directly connect to their grade-level standards for science and social studies Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks they are teaching.

Benefit to the students and the school
Students will be able to build a watershed and see the impact of pollution. (Grade 5)
Students will be able to get hands-on practice of geographical terms by building a model in the augmented
reality sandbox. (Grade 4)
Students will be able to see the effects of the geological impacts of weathering, erosion and deposition. (Grade
4 and 5)
Students will be able to see the impact that geographical locations on its weather and evaluate the merit of a
design solution that reduces the storm damage caused by weather. (Grade 3 )
Students will analyze and interpret maps showing continental shapes and seafloor structures to provide evidence
that the Earth’s plates have moved great distances, collide and spread apart. (Grade 6)

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
It will take about 2-3 weeks to build the augmented sandbox and then it will be ready for whole school use this year and for years to come.