Augmented Reality App Exploring Artifacts from Around the World
Civilisations AR, an iOS app from the BBC, gives students an unprecedented look at 30 artifacts from around the globe—for example, the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum; an Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum in Devon, England; and Rodin’s The Kiss from the National Museum of Wales. Included are audio tours in which an expert guides students through the origins and backstory of each item. The app also has an X-ray feature that lets students peel back layers of a painting and a sarcophagus to get an inside look at history. A cool factor is the true-dimensional scaling of each object. 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.
Reach Across the Stars: A Universe of Explorers is 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.
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.