Category Archives: Resources

AR Sandbox Forum has moved!!

If you have built or are considering  building an AR Sandbox, you’ve probably visited our support forum here on  Since isn’t solely dedicated to the AR Sandbox, the folks at KeckCAVES, who created the sandbox, want to create a resource website that’s solely about the sandbox.  As such, we are consolidating all things AR Sandbox to one place:  The motivation for doing so is to sustain and grow the AR Sandbox community.
The growth is happening! We’ve seen a surprising number of AR Sandboxes, from all over the world. Almost every day someone lets us know about a new AR Sandbox, and we put them on the map at There are now AR Sandboxes on every continent except Antarctica. The KeckCAVES team wants to continue developing AR Sandbox software: we want to hear how groups are using them, what they learn from their experiment, and what would make the AR Sandbox project even better, so that we can expand the capabilities of the AR Sandbox through new software releases. The move of the forum will help us keep the communications going.
If you click on the sandbox forum menu link here at, you will automatically be directed to the new forum.  Your username/login should should still be valid at the new forum and all posts from last week on back can still be found at the new location.

DIY Lake Science Now Available on the Apple App Store

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can now download the Lawrence Hall of Science’s latest app, DIY Lake Science! It’s a free app, and it allows families and classrooms to explore lake science using hands-on demonstrations, videos, and a simulated lake.

DIY Lake Science Lawrence Hall of Science Page

Press Kit

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3DH2O is live!

We’ve launched the LakeViz project website.  Check it out here:

This site will serve as a resource for 3D visualization and lake ecosystem information both education professionals and the public.

For professional audiences, we’ll archive the lessons learned about producing and using 3D visualizations as educational tools; facilitation training manuals and docent guides for our hands-on lake science activities; as well as open-source software and earth science data.  Public audiences will have access to high-resolution 3D media, informal educational activities and mobile web apps that bring lake ecosystems to life and promote stewardship.

We’ve started adding some materials and are working on the finalizing all the rest.  Stay tuned!

3D Education Learning and Research

Earth Exploration Toolbook

Developed by teams of scientists and educators, the Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) is a collection of online Earth system science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more scientific data sets and analysis tools that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system. Within the context of a case study, each chapter guides users through a step-by-step process in which they access data and use analysis tools to explore real issues and questions in Earth system science. In the course of completing a chapter, users produce and analyze maps, graphs, images, or other data products. The ultimate goal of each activity is to build users’ skills and confidence so they can use data to conduct their own investigations of the Earth system.

Teaching with Visualizations:

Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations: Using Images, Animations, and Models Effectively:

Case studies have shown that interactive 3D solutions add significant value to education and training:

  • 86% of students in the 3D classroom improved their test results. (1)
  • Attention levels doubled (92% vs 46%). (1)
  • Test scores increased with 35%. (2)