Project Dates: 2011-2016
Augmented Reality STEM Learning
LightUp is an augmented learning platform for electronics that helps children explore engineering and electronics by foregrounding fundamental concepts and backgrounding the extraneous intricacies of circuit construction.
The physical kit consists of electronic components (e.g. wire, bulb, motor, microcontroller) mounted on blocks that connect to each other magnetically to form circuits. LightUp provides an “informational lens” through a mobile app that recognizes the components in a photographed circuit and augments the image with visualizations of otherwise invisible circuit behavior.
At IDC ‘13, the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, the LightUp team published study findings demonstrating the experiential learning made possible by augmenting an intuitive circuit-building platform with information that allows children to learn skills that will help them develop engineering skills and agency.