Building Augmented Reality Models and Exploring Their Use in Chemistry Education

Carla Murke

Life Sciences


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Considering that current and future generations of students are going to be digital natives, implementing emerging technologies into existing teaching methods is crucial for prosperous skills and knowledge development. Augmented Reality (AR) is a fast-advancing technology with applications across various disciplines and areas of life, including education. It places digital features onto real world scenes, giving rise to 3D virtual visualization. Enabling a new level of spatial visualization and interaction that can be leveraged to increase conceptual understanding and learning engagement in the classroom. Within the STEM fields, more specifically in regard to chemistry, the ability of spatial imagination and transition of two-dimensional (2D) into three-dimensional (3D) data is crucial for complete comprehension of theory. In response to research findings, which suggest that the majority of students learn best through visualisation and personal experience this research project aimed to implement AR applications across the field of chemistry for higher-level education. Based on personal experience, a group of 8 second year chemistry students identified relevant course contents, which would benefit from AR applications and subsequently developed teaching models for the fundamental concepts of VSEPR theory and stereochemistry. Using various AR software, a comprehensive set of complementary study materials that can be used in conjunction with existing teaching materials has been produced and made available for student access through the publicly available free to download Adobe Aero iOS app. The application and potential of AR technology across education remains enormous. Our study found that the key to leveraging additional educational value is to identify useful models that can easily be built using accessible software.

Considering myself a highly interdisciplinary thinker that thrives most at the intersection of science and society, I am a final year student of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I always seek to discuss exciting topics from various viewpoints and perspective, following the belief that ideas grow best when approached creatively. Which is exactly why Let’s Talk About [X] is an extremely valuable event that allows students from all backgrounds to engage in a stimulating setting; Feeding directly into my research on using novel techniques for education. A matter that goes far beyond the studied field of chemistry. The exploration of concepts and acquisition of knowledge is among the most rewarding things to me, as it enables me to pursue action in matters, I am passionate about. Hence, I am very much looking forward to presenting my research and hopefully share ideas for future applications.