FIELD PLAY: A GEOLOGIC MOBILE APPLICATION INCORPORATING AUGMENTED REALITY FIELD TRIPS AND LOCATION SENSITIVE EDUCATIONAL LESSONS FOR PERSONALIZED, MULTIFACETED, INTERACTIVE GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION
The Field Play system is based around augmented reality geologic field trips that overlays educational data with the physical world. Based in high-interest locations such as National Parks (e.g., Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Crater Lake) and major local/regional geologic features (e.g., the Valles Caldera complex and Rio Grande rift), the virtual geologic field trips consist of routes with areas of active content. With the aid of the embedded GPS, users can explore their location relative to the predetermined route as well as geologic features, terrain and active content. When a user enters an area of active content, they are given the option to explore a number of interactive submodules, including augmented reality binoculars, informational text, topographic and geologic maps and short video (Youtube) lessons. The Field Play Youtube channel offers additional educational videos in 5-10 minute segments. Supplementing the augmented reality field trips, these educational videos incorporate interviews by topic experts, animations, photographs and video, allowing the user to expand their knowledge on related topics.
Educational field trips can also be accessed from home (or any other location) when not in an area of active content via the internet. The Field Play application can be accessed online, and virtual field trips can be selected and downloaded by the user to their computer or smartphone and hence may provide useful tools for both informal and formal geoscience education.