iSandBOX Volcanoes: Erupting with FUN and LEARNING
Over the next few months, we’re going to talk through iSandBOX’s amazing games and show how they can really help with a child’s development. This month, we’re looking at our Volcanoes game. Here goes:
What is it?
The Volcanoes game allows children to build volcanoes using sand. The iSandBOX technology brings them to life and makes them look like real volcanoes. Once they reach a certain height, the volcanoes start to erupt and children will see bright red lava pouring from the top. Smoke also appears to emulate what happens when a real volcano erupts.
All of iSandBox’s games are made for 3-7 year olds including this one. Children can work individually or in groups to build volcanoes and watch them erupt. To add extra drama, multiple volcanoes can erupt on iSandBOX at the same time.
This mode ties in well with teaching children about how famous volcanoes, such as Mount Etna or Mount Vesuvius work. It can be tied into lessons around:
• Geology – teaching children how and why volcanoes erupt, as well as lessons on the interior structure of the earth.
• Social studies – this game allows children to think about the impact an erupting volcano will have on the local communities at its base.
iSandBOX works with a sand base, projector and a computer. It uses Augmented Reality to ‘bring the sand to life’ using depth sensors found in Kinect 2 hardware (the same as an XBOX) that monitor the height of the sand and react to different movements. In this game, the iSandBOX is calibrated to make the volcano erupt and change colour when the sand is at a particular height.