An Augmented Reality experience revealing the alien inner world of gems and minerals for visitors in National Museum of Natural History.
Inner World of
Gems & Minerals
In collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Rapid Prototyping for Museums is a studio course exploring the use of AR technique to activate museum objects currently on display. Our focuses in 18 Spring semester include Gems & Minerals and Dinosaurs.
WHAT IS IT?
Inner World of Gems & Minerals is an augmented reality experience revealing the alien inner world of gems and minerals as a visual feast to visitors as a catalyst and encouraging them to go further and benefit from relatable educational outcomes.
This project is especially designed for “Q?rius”, the science education center in NMNH, which is aiming to foster hands-on exploration but not sufficiently used at the moment. The target users are from ages 6 - 18 in family or school trips.
The primary goal of this experience is using hands-on exploration and multiple media to learn science and context.
We would like to attract our visitors primarily with this fascinating visual inner world of gems and minerals. From that they will get intrigued and want to learn more about the science part behind.
Also, we think science without context doesn’t really make sense. Geology and chemistry could be too broad and inaccessible especially to our audience, children. Then, how could our visitors relate themselves to gems and minerals?
We want to show how the visuals and the natural formations found in gems are not only cool to look at, but function as a sort of time capsule, providing insight into the earth’s history and atmosphere.
We also design a pamphlet as the leave-behind, with which visitors can also re-visit and explore just at home with the same AR paltform!