App That Lets Students Meet Female Space and Science Heroes—Virtually
Reach Across the Stars: A Universe of Explorersis an XR journey that lets users virtually “meet” female STEM heroes on their iOS or Android device. In the app’s journeys, a current scientist takes viewers into her work environment, recalling her favorite career moments, as well as challenges and obstacles. Some of the featured stories combine audio interviews, video, 3D environments, and 360-degree virtual-reality content to let viewers peek into the worlds of these scientific heroes. Students can explore NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory with astronaut Cady Coleman, tour the Crab Nebula pulsar with astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Mars 2020 rover with Christina Hernandez, an instrument engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Other women in the app’s stories include computer scientist Grace Hopper, astronomer Nancy Roman, mathematician Katherine Johnson, physicist and chemist Marie Curie, and astronauts Mae Jemison and Sally Ride. The project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History InitiativeBecause of Her Story, an ambitious undertaking to research, collect, document, display, and share the compelling stories of women. Cost: Free
Using augmented-reality (AR) technology, the Quantum Rascals interactive AR puzzle game, by University of Southern Denmark, teaches students about quantum physics in a playful and innovative way. In the game, which is free to download on iOS and Android devices, students help Quantum Kate discover subatomic particles and become a true Quantum Rascal.
East of the Rockies is an experimental augmented-reality (AR) story written by 85-year-old Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most acclaimed and celebrated literary figures. The story is told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in the Slocan internment camp during the Second World War.