Students Use Augmented Reality As A Tool to Learn About Sustainable Development

A group of 10 students from Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar, recently took part in a five-day student mobility experience in Turin, Italy, as part of the Erasmusplus project Augmented Reality Toolkit for Sustainable Education (ARTse).

In this three year collaboration between Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School and Istituto Superiore Tommaso D’Oria from Italy, Harjunrinteen koulu from Riihimaaki, Finland, MACDAC Engineering Consultancy Bureau Ltd. from Malta, and Diversitas IT, from Croatia, students participated in a project that helped improve an AR experience related to the principles and values set forth by various SDGs.

A special AR application was developed for this project, which the students used to work on activities related to Sustainable Development Goal 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and SDG11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

Students tested the bespoke AR app to provide feedback that was used to fine-tune features with the aim of enhancing users’ immersive learning experience. They also took part in an energy and sustainability hands-on workshop at the Museo A come Ambiente (MAcA) by carrying out experiments to seek answers for the hypotheses they formed.

To complement their STEM activities, the group also took part in a cultural tour of the Riserva Naturale Ponte del Diavolo in Lanzo, a tour around Turin’s main places of interest and the Villa Panza in Varese.

The project was funded and supported by the European Union Programmes Agency in Malta under the auspices of Erasmusplus.