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Jackson Memorial Middle School 8th graders win augmented reality sandbox, $1,000 classroom grant

Jackson Middle School augmented reality sandbox
Posted at 5:21 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 17:21:00-04

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A science classroom at Jackson Memorial Middle School won Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) video contest and received an interactive augmented reality sandbox to help teach geographic, geologic and hydrologic concepts.

The augmented reality sandbox allows users to create 3D models with sand, which creates augmented topographical color maps in real-time.

Lindsay Dimengo’s eighth-grade class won first place in the OOGEEP’s statewide contest with a video showing how oil and natural gas produced in Ohio is used in day-to-day life.

The students not only won the augmented reality sandbox, Dimengo also won a $1,000 classroom grant.

“Students learn the most when they are engaged in interactive learning through hands-on experiences. I am thrilled to use this augmented reality technology to bring the curriculum to life for the students as they create topographic maps in real-time while shifting the landscape. This technology will be put to good use in other ways throughout the earth science curriculum,” Dimengo said in a press release. “My students were very excited about the opportunity to participate in the video contest and we are so appreciative OOGEEP selected our video to receive the grand prize.”

The Jackson Memorial Middle School eighth-grade class beat out submissions from schools across Ohio, including submissions from college students.