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.