Augmented Reality Sandbox for Teaching Watershed Science
The Interactive Watershed Exhibit is an augmented reality sandbox that allows visitors to modify a sand surface and use their hands to create rain, in order to learn about watershed processes and how water moves through a landscape. Simulated water moves realistically over the sand, providing an engaging demonstration for teaching watershed science, hydrology, geomorphology, and more. The colored surface (based on elevation) and contour lines allow for teaching topography and map reading. The exhibit opened to the public in October 2016. The exhibit is open for Open House hours and for class visits.
This project was completed in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape. Funding was provided in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc.