Guided Construction


A user constructing simple molecules using augmented color balls as proxies for specific chemical elements.

In education it is most desired to have the students actually do something (for example construct something) instead of just watching. We chose a chemical scenario where students should learn the basic principles of atomic structure and molecules. They should be able to build up molecules based on their gathered knowledge about electrons and the periodic system. Therefore we integrated physical objects to the interaction process.

As already done in the 1st scenario (see Process Visualization) they also should work co-operatively while sharing one table. Natural group communication eases the collaboration. Unlike the first scenario the students are able to touch real objects, e.g. a color ball as proxy for an atom.

Tools needed for this AR application: A printed version of a periodic table, color balls and an input device for system control

The Augmented Reality teaching platform guides the students in building molecules by showing the appropriate augmentation and playing audio hints. Guidance by a teacher in an active way (directly participating) or even passive is supported. The whole session is logged by the system and can therefore be used either by us for usability studies or by the teachers for evaluating the students.

A general AR software is provided that is driven by simplified physical rules and so can be used as a general platform for specific teaching purposes.


Snapshot of the virtual content where a student built up a water molecule

The application consists of an introduction part and 3 kinds of assignments where students should learn either the basic structure of a periodic table (e.g. what are the rules for Groups and Periods, where is the position of a specific atom) or construct molecules by simply combining elements or solving a more complex equation. For this, they first bind a chemical symbol to a color ball by selecting it from the periodic table and then combining them by simply using their hands to directly interact with the chosen elements. This is what we call direct-hand interaction. The valence layer of an element and its electrons are augmented directly on the color balls.

In month 23 of the project (December 2007), we organized a conference on Information and Communication Technology in Natural Science Education (see References or conference website). Focus of this conference was to exchange and present knowledge and experience in the area of eLearning and new media technology in schools with special emphasis on highly interactive collaborative teaching situations. The conference lasted two days and reached an international audience.

Within a special ARiSE workshop session related papers and demonstrations of the two prototypes were presented by the consortium members. It mainly emphasized the construction with guidance scenario, though it also shows an improved version of the process visualization scenario.


Conference ICTNSE 2008

OCT. 1, 2008

As in the years before the consortium organizes a conference on ICT in Natural Science Education. (27.-30.11.2008)
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Summer School 2008

SEPT. 15, 2008

This year the ARiSE Summer School will be a distributed event. (23.-24.10.2008)
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Girls' Day 2008

APRIL 21, 2008

ARiSE organizes a workshop for the international open day for girls on 24.04.2008.
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Trade Fair Award for Spinnstube

APRIL 3, 2008

We received an award "Golden Schola Nova 2008" at the trade fair Schola Nova held in Prague, Czech Republic.
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FEB 11, 2008

Come and see us at the SCHOLA NOVA on 01.-03.04.2008 in Prague.
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Annual Review Meeting

JAN 09, 2008

The annual review meeting will take place at ICI on 22.02.2008.
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ARiSE Project Meeting

JAN 09, 2008

The next project meeting will take place at CTU Prague on 04.-05.02.2008.
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Conference ICTNSE 2007

NOV 20, 2007

ARiSE organizes an international scientific conference on ICT in Natural Science Education (Siauliai, Lithuania, Dec. 2007).
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2nd ARiSE Summer School in Bucharest

SEP 10, 2007

The second Summer School of the ARiSE project will take place in Bucharest from 24.-26.10.2007
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ARiSE at IPT - EGVE 2007

JUNE 12, 2007

The ARiSE full paper has been accepted at the IPT - EGVE 2007 Symposium.


ARiSE Setup

MAY 31, 2007

The Spinnstube devices have been installed in five European countries and are ready for the second scenario.


ARiSE Review Meeting

FEBRUARY 1, 2007

The annual ARiSE Review Meeting will take place from the 8th-9th March 2007 at Birlinghoven Castle at the Fraunhofer Campus at Sankt Augustin, Germany.



JANUARY 5, 2007

The LEARNTEC is an international conference and trade fair for education and information technology.


1st ARiSE Summer School


The 1st ARiSE Summer School will take place from the 8th to the 12th of November in Malta.


ARiSE at ISMAR 2006

AUGUST 25, 2006

A demonstration of ARiSE will be shown at the 5th IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality.



APRIL 5, 2006

The AR-Setup-Meeting will take place from the 9th-10th May 2007 at CTU, Prague.