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Augmented Reality Sandbox
SDSU Extension Tent, Dakotafest 2017

During Dakotafest 2017 (August 15 - 17) under the SDSU Extension tent, both young and old alike will have the opportunity to literally play in a sandbox—and possibly learn a little something about how watersheds work at the same time. Developed at University of California, Davis; the Augmented Reality Sandbox (ARSB) is an educational tool designed to explore such concepts as:

  • What defines a watershed and how they relate to landscapes.
  • Using contour lines to show the earth’s surface in 3-D.
  • How the processes of erosion and deposition work.
  • How water flows in relation to land surface elevations and shape.

According to the UC Davis ARSB website, “…the augmented reality (AR) sandbox allows users to create topography models by shaping real sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. The system teaches geographic, geologic, and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees, etc.”.

Take a few minutes while visiting the SDSU Extension tent (Booth #600) at Dakotafest 2017 next week and check out this unique, hands-on exhibit. It will be sure to attract a crowd.

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