About In Touch with Molecules

The project brings together working scientists, teachers, and researchers in both cognition and student learning to develop cyber-enabled tangible molecular models that have the potential to transform the instruction of core biology concepts.

What are cyber-enabled tangibles?

Cyber-enabled tangibles are physical plastic or paper models of molecules embedded with AR codes. When the models are held in front of a webcam, computer software recognizes the markers and displays an augmented reality image of the model.

Cyber enabled tangibles are designed to realistically model features of biological molecules, such as their shape and flexibility for function and interaction. Using the tangibles, students can engage in molecular processes. Augmented reality enables students to see additional molecules, magnify aspects of the model, or observe how the molecule functions in its environment.

What is augmented reality?

On the screen, the user sees the physical model overlaid with additional data and information. The software tracks the motion of the physical model in real time, so the display updates dynamically as the user manipulates the model.

For more information about the In Touch with Molecules project, contact:
Jodi Davenport, Principal Investigator | jdavenp@wested.org