Many of my students are English Language Learners from low income families that come from diverse backgrounds. The school I work at is classified as Title I, meaning that I am working to meet the needs of at-risk and low-income students. They are kids with hopes and dreams of making their lives better and bettering the future of their families.
Despite their challenges, I hold my students to high expectations and challenge them to reach their fullest potential.
It is wonderful to see their remarkable progress throughout the year. My classroom reaches an array of abilities including advanced academics, special education and general education students. These students will one day change the world, and I cannot wait to see how far they go!
My team and I are building an augmented reality sandbox with our students to help them learn and apply their skills across the science content! The Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox has huge implications in education, especially in the Earth Sciences and as a tool to engage young learners. The AR sandbox allows students 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 sandbox lends itself to lessons focusing on geography, geologic, and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees, etc.
These valuable map skills can also cross content levels into mathematics and history rather than just science. With this in mind, the AR Sandbox is being built to be portable and usable in any classroom in the middle school. This PC was chosen as it must have a high quality video card for quick image rendering and water simulations as well as a large amount of storage for the program to be run. It will be kept on a shelf that is built into the bottom of the sandbox. Once this project is complete, the students will be able to showcase what they have learned to other classes, grade levels or schools. This will not only teach their friends what they have done in class, but will help spark other students' interests in STEM as well.
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