While we're still working out the kinks of using augmented reality in our day-to-day lives, in the classroom AR is helping kids learn by bringing new life to old school tech. The Orboot Earth Augmented Reality Globe does its part by turning the standard globe into an interactive play space for kids of all ages and making STEM fun in a new way.
Exploring The Globe
Designed for kids 4 to 10, the globe itself is rugged, so it can handle time in the playroom. At 10.2" x 10.2" x 13.5" and 2.64 pounds, it's easy to place on desks or tables for kids to spin it and look at.
Furthermore, instead of borders and names that may be out of date, it's instead covered with natural features, notable monuments, and other aspects of the nations of the world kids want to know. Even before you start the app, it's a great introduction to the joys of geography.
A Virtual World
It's when you start the Orboot app, available on iOS and Android, that the globe really shines, though. As you use your tablet to look at various spots, the app brings the globe to life, turning the 2D images into 3D ones and bringing out over 400 highlights and over 1,000 world facts. Kids learn about wildlife, cultures, food, heritage, history, and of course, maps by scanning with the app and having materials pop up in front of them. In addition to touring the world, kids can engage in fact challenges, solve mysteries, and build their own park with the animals they find.
Nor does the interactivity stop with the app. The globe comes with a passport, country flag stickers, and stamps to create your own itinerary inside your house.
The Orboot Earth Augmented Reality Interactive Globe is on sale for $54.99, but you can save an extra 15% when you use code ANNUAL15 at checkout, lowering the price to $46.74.
Prices subject to change.
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