IEM-IEDC Tech series-
Project Story 1 :
We sat down for an interview with the founders of “AR Education” to get a glimpse into their inner workings, and how they developed this unique app projected to be so beneficial to society.
Q: introduce yourselves and how you came to be working on this topic.
A: My name is Sugato Kundu and my partner’s name is Nitin Tiwary. We are both members of the IEM-IEDC, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell, funded by DST. We are both AR-VR enthusiasts, and IEDC has helped us hone our skills in our particular field by giving us the time and opportunity to explore it.
Q: what gave you the inspiration to merge AR and education?
A: Research scientists have found that visual representation helps a human brain to retain and store information in a more efficient manner than traditional teaching methods. Today, children who are just starting out after taught to memorise words and the alphabet. If we can show them real life examples while teaching, they can learn faster, relate better, and apply their learning to everyday life. This will help in developing an interactive method of learning from the very basics. Similarly, in fields like chemistry or astrophysics, students do not get a real life feel of the subject and its scope, hence can not relate to it, leading up to less interest in these subjects. When we implement AR in these subjects, for example, bonding in chemistry, we can demonstrate how atoms and molecules behave in real time.
Q: How do you plan on implementing this concept in real life?
A: We plan to implement AR in education from the ground level. We have made more than 26 different models for the alphabet. There will be different markers for each alphabet in the book, and when a child holds the phone above the marker, the 3-D projection of the object will be shown on the phone screen. Suppose, the child holds it over the letter ‘A’. A 3-D projection of an apple hovers over the page, when viewed through the screen. The child can rotate it, and view it from various angles. This helps the budding minds of children to associate the new words they learn with their everyday life.
For the lower classes, from around classes 1-4, we have designed a model for the solar system. The working mechanics remain the same, and the student gets to view a fully professional solar system model from all angles, and have a more hands-on knowledge about a subject which was earlier explained only through photographs and drawings.
For high school students, one of the toughest subjects is chemistry. A student has to memorise the various reactions, and hardly ever does he get to visualise the actual chemistry behind it. We have made markers such that when the unique markers for each element are brought together, and viewed through a phone screen, the molecules are shown as they join to form a new structure. This helps the students to get a feel of what really happens when a reaction occurs. Most students lose hope or interest in chemistry, because they are not able to visualise the different processes at the basic level, and hence, find the subject too difficult or uninteresting.
Our technology vows to change that, and helps students learn in an easier, more efficient, and more interactive manner.
Q: What is the future scope of your project?
A: We plan to implement AR in all levels of education, be it pre-school, high school or college. AR can help elevate learning in all disciplines, whether it be engineering, pure science, arts or medicine. We plan to bring our technology to induce a thirst for knowledge from the very roots, and help change learning for the better.
We’re proud to have such talented, brilliant minds working in our lab, and we hope to help them develop themselves further.
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Article courtesy: Prof. Avijit Bose, IEM
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