MindFuel and Agents of Discovery bring immersive lessons to classrooms

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MindFuel and Agents of Discovery are introducing immersive lessons on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to Canadian classrooms.

Quick read

➨ The new AR-enabled lesson plans for Wonderville offer immersive and engaging learning activities that students can access on mobile devices, tablets or laptops

➨ The 120+ curriculum-aligned AR lessons and activities are designed to engage students through movement

➨ Commercial product availability is occurring in early 2020 through subscription to the Wonderville.org platform

The story

MindFuel, a Canadian charity that is also known as the Science Alberta Foundation, has teamed up with educational teaching platform Agents of Discovery to enhance its new Wonderville lesson plans with its partner’s interactive augmented reality (AR) tools.

The new AR-enabled lesson plans for Wonderville, an online platform that delivers STEM teaching resources, offer immersive and engaging learning activities that students can access on mobile devices, tablets or laptops.

The 120+ curriculum-aligned AR lessons and activities are designed to engage students through movement, while simultaneously learning about a variety of topics across the STEM curriculum.

Month-long pilots of AR-integrated Wonderville lesson plans were introduced to classrooms in Alberta and British Columbia earlier in October, with a full launch taking place at the end of last month.

Pilots will continue in Canadian classrooms over the next two months, with commercial product availability occurring in early 2020 through subscription to the Wonderville.org platform, which integrates the AR experience delivered by the Agents of Discovery Mission Maker app to student devices.

Those interested in the Agents of Discovery app can download it for free through Google Play or the App Store.

Cassy Weber, chief executive officer of MindFuel, said of the use of AR in teaching: “At MindFuel, we are constantly seeking educational methods that integrate 21st century learning into classrooms, and our upcoming launch of the newly integrated AR Wonderville lessons provides us with another way to do this.”

“Many studies have determined that AR drives engagement, therefore, by offering an interactive experience to students, we expect to build their interest in STEM disciplines. Also, by learning through AR missions, students are up and moving about and actively involved in their lessons.”

Mary Clarke, chief executive officer of Agents of Discovery, added: “Agents of Discovery is pleased to be partnering with MindFuel to enable them to use our platform to deliver their amazing STEM content in an innovative, engaging and active way. Augmented Reality gaming is going to be an important part of the future of education.”

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