Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

The Sandbox

About the Sandbox

The Sandbox is an interactive, three-dimensional, augmented reality exhibit that can be used as an educational tool to explore the importance of water, hydrology, earth science, and environmental studies. A visualization of an elevation model with contour lines and a colour map is cast from the projector onto the surface of the sand. As educators and students move the sand, the elevation model projected onto the sand changes with it, simulating real time land use situations. When an object is held above the sand (representing a cloud), a visualization of rain appears and flows down the slopes in a simulation based on real models of fluid dynamics. The Sandbox creates a highly tactile and stimulating learning experience for educators, students, and scientists.

Click here to see the Sandbox in action: Augmented Reality Sandbox Demo and view more photos in this album.

Services & Bookings

The Sandbox exhibit was built by Eclipse Geomatics, who partnered with the BVRC to facilitate and expand educational opportunities. The Sandbox is now available for use or rental to interested educators and organizations.

Two options are available:

Fees are to be determined. Please contact the BVRC at info@bvcentre.ca for bookings.