Pilot Program brings Science to Life
Posted on: 07.02.2018
Wollondilly Council is supporting a pilot program that will transform public spaces into science playgrounds using a mobile app.
For this pilot, Council is partnering with SciGround, a social initiative which aims to activate public spaces, inspire a love for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and improve activity rates amongst children using augmented reality.
Aimed at engaging children aged five years old and up and their families, the program will run in Picton’s Botanical Gardens from 22 February until 22 April.
After installing the free app, children and parents can use their phone to see ‘virtual’ animals appear around them in the physical world and play a game to learn more.
SciGround’s Founder and CEO, Andy Barley, said that his previous experience travelling across Australia with Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, inspired the development of the app.
“We want to make engaging science experiences accessible to everyone, especially those outside of major city centres. Science will play a big role in our future, and expanding children’s natural curiosity for the world around them is a great way to help them succeed,” said Andy.
“Many children are familiar with technology, so we want to turn passive screen time into active learning time. We’re excited to give families in Wollondilly the first taste of the app and would love their feedback to help us make it even better.”
Because SciGround encourages people to learn and be active outdoors, participants are reminded to remain aware of their surroundings while playing.
Parents are encouraged to supervise children while they play, and to join in the fun.
To use SciGround during the trial, visitors will need an Apple device which supports augmented reality (iPhone 6S or newer, iPad 2017 or iPad Pro).
SciGround plans to expand the range of compatible devices following the trial.
Families are encouraged to share their experiences and feedback about the SciGround app at www.sciground.com/wollondilly