AR Playground: CoSpaces
Introduce Students to the World of Extended Reality!
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AR Playground: CoSpaces is a course that shows students how to use free web-accessible applications on their browser to create 3D models, record audio, and import these digital assets into a 3D engine to combine them into one cohesive interactive Augmented Reality experience. It also introduces students to basic programming concepts using the CoBlocks coding system to introduce interactions, movement, properties, and functions.
We place heavy emphasis on design thinking, encouraging students to create a storyboard of a digital interaction, helping them prototype this interaction, then playtesting their application with other students to give and receive feedback.
This course consists of 12 one-hour sessions and is ideal for students in grades 5 through 9 to introduce immersive development and design.
Teach your students 21st century design skills!
An example of what students can create: We have a fountain cove environment with a tour guide bird that flies around showing off the different areas.
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Tinkercad is a 3D modelling software available for free as an iPad app or on their website. Once your students have made their first 3D model, there is nothing stopping them from going home, opening a web browser, and continuing to design their own models. Because Tinkercad uses a solid-modeling workflow, your student’s designs can even be 3D printed!
The internet is full of libraries containing free digital assets your students can use for their projects. We teach them to find royalty-free music, 3D models, and explain the Creative Commons licensing system. We show them how to import these assets into their CoSpaces project so that they can be made interactive. Show your students the power of internet access!
CoSpaces is an application that allows users to create interactive augmented reality experiences which can be shared with anyone with web access. As a 3D engine, it comes with a prebuilt library of models, characters, and animations that students can use to create their own story. It allows users to import their own custom models and sounds to create their very own digital environment.
CoSpaces comes with a programming system called “CoBlocks” which uses action blocks to help simplify programming concepts for beginners. We use CoBlocks to introduce students to variables and properties, functions, loops, conditions, triggering animations and sounds, and much more.