Augmented Reality – Potential to Train (Future) Pomeranian Engineers

Abstract

Education of youth in the field of experimental science, such as chemistry or physics, is nowadays a big challenge because of the limited access to the didactic and research facilities. Schools often lack laboratories but possess well-equipped computer workrooms. The rapid development of the augmented reality (AR) technologies over the last decade is creating new challenges in numerous areas and is simultaneously increasing interest in their usability – also in the field of education. The possibility of applying AR to present physicochemical content was analyzed within the framework of EDUAR project, cofounded by The National Centre for Research and Development. The research was conducted in 20 schools – 10 from urban regions and 10 schools from rural areas in Pomorskie Voivodeship. The results show that the AR tools can be beneficial in improvement school students’ knowledge on corresponding content. Additionally, students generally hold a positive attitude towards the AR-lab and enjoy the exploration experience. Furthermore, it is easy to apply analyzed AR tool during the chemistry course. Thus, the results point that augmented reality is a technology with a positive impact on the education process and effectiveness of such a training. Further investigations with a longer period of study could investigate these findings in more detail.

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