New sandbox teaches science

Eugene Science Center rolled out a new hands-on learning sandbox that teaches children about landscapes and watersheds.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 12:48 PM
Updated: Apr 28, 2018 8:28 AM

EUGENE, Ore -- A new sandbox at the Eugene Science Center is taking science to a whole new level.

Eugene Science Center rolled out its new exhibit called Landscapes and Watersheds. It's an augmented reality sandbox where users can mold sand by hand and then watch as landscapes come to life in real-time. Sensors pick up details of the sand. That information is sent to a computer which outlines contour lines in different colors.

Tim Scott, Eugene Science Center's executive director, says the augmented sandbox teaches children and adults about geology.

"This is a good way to study how topographic maps are made, what contour lines mean, and to look deeper into geology and physiology of different landscape and watersheds,"  Scott said.

Scott says the exhibit teaches users that no matter where you live, there's a watershed and what you put into the ground flows to the watershed.

Eugene Science Center is located at 300 Leo Harris Parkway in Eugene. General admission to the exhibit hall is $5.  Senior pay $4 and it's free for children 2 years and younger.

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