StoryMakAr: Augmented Reality that Brings Stories to Life

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2020-RAMA-68962
Researchers at Purdue University have integrated a new toolkit to teach augmented reality (AR) and computer programming to k-12 students while encouraging skills in technology, communication, collaboration, and creativity through storytelling. Current toolkits involve high fidelity prototyping which is often expensive and creates a steep learning curve for students. The Purdue University approach combines block programming, plug-and-play controls, low fidelity prototyping materials. This setup is compatible with a smart phone application, which allows students to have easier accessibility to software programs. There are two main aspects to StoryMakAR, which are Design MakAR Event MakAR, working together to transform virtual ideas into physical reality. This innovative setup includes off-the-shelf head mounted displays, sensors, custom printed circuit boards, and a variety of 3D printed objects. In testing with fifty-two high schoolers in one-hour sessions, positive feedback was given by teachers and students regarding the overall learning experience with specific regard to creative components.

Advantages:
-Low-cost
-Educational
-Accessible

Potential Applications:
-Youth education
-Prototyping
Apr 6, 2020
Provisional-Gov. Funding
United States
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Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization
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West Lafayette, IN 47906

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