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Augmented Reality (Lesson 1 of 4): AR with Merge Cube
In this lesson, students will learn about Augmented Reality and use a Merge Cube to create a 3D astronaut name-tag. Note: the activity in this lesson requires your class to have access to a paid “Pro CoSpaces EDU” account. If your class does not have a paid CoSpaces account with the Merge Cube add-on, students can still view Merge Cube projects but won’t be able to create their own. Please email VILHQ@asu.edu if you are interested in receiving free CoSpaces “Pro” annual licenses.
In this activity, students will rotate two-dimensional figures, including rectangles, triangles, circles, trapezoids, and curves, in the augmented reality environment to form three-dimensional figures. They will explore the rotating of the figures at different distances from the axis of rotation and observe the impacts on the rotated figures.
The Chemistry of Construction
In this chemistry and engineering-based activity, students will take on the role of environmental engineers as they are challenged to investigate the best building materials for Mars. To kick off the exploration, they will look at concrete and other key construction materials used on Earth today, considering their properties, pros, cons, and environmental impact. Next, students will investigate the best way to build structures on Mars. They will learn about 3D printing—which is how structures are likely to be built—and they will consider the natural resources available on Mars that could serve as building materials. They will ultimately develop a recommendation to be used in Martian construction moving forward.
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