Scimorph is a cute little website that uses Augmented Reality tech to provide Primary school pupils with opportunities to discuss and solve science-based problems.

Using a webcam and a special marker printed onto a piece of paper – Scimorph will appear on the screen. By moving the paper you can move him and view him from all sides. It’s a little fiddly, but persevere and it becomes quite simple. This should also work with a visualiser if you have one of those connected.

There are several scimorph zones you can investigate – The Bug Zone to look at microbes, Gravity Pulls and (coming soon) The Vibe Zone to investigate sound.

Each zone provides a series of questions or scenarios. Scimorph is not a complicated simulation or anything like that. The main purpose is to promote discussion between children about the science underlying the different situations.

It does provide a useful introduction to Augmented Reality technology and is worth checking out if you want to try something a little different with your class. Visit it here.

Scimorph
is
a
very
simple,
central
character
who
can
journey
through
a
series
of
activities
in
a
virtual
science
environment
based
around
the
curriculum
for
primary
aged
children.
Scimorph
can
be
used
at
school
or
in
the
home
to
build
on
knowledge
and
understanding
of
the
world.
He
has
some
human
characteristics
and
attributes
though
he
has
not
developed
fully
because
of
his
lack
of
understanding
about
the
world.
(He
can
also
be
a
she
if
you
so
wish.)
Scimorph
provides
opportunities
to
discuss
and
solve
scientific-­‐based
problems,
take
part
in
discussions
around
the
activities
and
delve
deeper
into
the
topic
by
means
of
interactive
tools
and
use
of
web-­‐based
materials.
The
main
purpose
of
each
activity
is
to
stimulate
discussions
between
children,
teachers
and
parents/carers
about
the
science
underlying
the
Scimorph
situation.
A
desktop
version
of
Augmented
Reality
(AR)
is
used
to
deliver
a
different
form
of
interaction
with
the
computer
via
3-­‐D
animations,
activated
in
a
variety
of
Scimorph
“zones”
or
environments:
-­‐
The
Bug
Zone

where
Scimorph
prompts
an
investigation
of
microbes
Gravity
Pulls

Scimorph
illustrates
how
gravity
changes
depending
upon
which
planet
you’re
on
The
Vibe
Zone

where
Scimorph
wants
to
investigate
how
sound
works