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Orb, a new ARKit app for iOS by Pantheon, uses augmented reality to develop makerskills. Students young and old can design and build entire worlds in a matter of minutes by transforming simple shapes into 3D objects.
Students interested in science concepts such as robotics and bioengineering have a new, freeonline game at their disposal. Arizona State University researchers have released Frankenstein200, a game that uses Mary Shelley’s tale of scientific hubris to get children thinking about such ideas as robotics, bioengineering, and humans’ reasons for creating.