Cross Reality (XR) Floating Farm Project
Arizona 4-H STEM YOUniversity is excited to offer the Cross Reality (XR) Floating Farm Project, January 13 through March 24, 2022. For more information and to register.
The Cross Reality (XR) Floating Farm Project is a hands-on computer science, software-based activities that engages and guides 4-H members through the world of augmented reality. Youth explore and learn the basics of AR, it’s incomplete history, and learn to create a virtual farm using free online software; Tinkercad, Vuforia, and Unity incorporating their cultural perspectives. Youth are able to build their confidence in computer science while working collaboratively in small groups, building relationships with friends and peers and opening their eyes to careers in STEM. XR places virtual objects and features onto a physical surface using a camera. The XR Floating Farm Curriculum is designed for twenty-four hours of student engagement and can be delivered in a variety of modes. This curriculum can be implemented in a variety of forms including in-person, virtual and or a hybrid approach. We have implemented int in eight, approximately three-hour in person class sessions and have also delivered the project in eight to ten online one-hour sessions supplemented by participants working two-hours on their own or in groups to complete assignment on building their floating farm.
2019 Spring Highlights
Youth were engaged in learning about augmented reality (AR) by creating a virtual Floating Farm. The Floating Farm was a 6-Saturday workshop series pilot program offered during the spring of 2019 at the UA main campus where five youth learned about AR, a “physical” real-world space and applied virtual graphics or objects to it. Students designed and created their own farms in AR and at the student showcase shared with parents, family, and friends their AR Floating Farm. Andie Rodriguez a master student in the College of Fine Arts School of Arts earning a degree in Media Arts developed the AR Floating Farm curriculum and partnered with Jasmine Lopez an AmeriCorp Member and Dr. Gerardo Lopez Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist 4-H STEM to offer the STEM program. A fascinating STEM activity of learning AR by building a Floating Farm.