Nowadays, the computer-generated holographic optical elements can perform the functions of mirrors, lenses or combinations of both. Holograms as the world know them, measures microscopic displacements on the surface of an object and also small changes in index of refraction of transparent objects.
Lately, these visual creations have been used by different companies who want to sell their products and bring innovation to their business models. But after read a little of Physics and Mathematics, we as designers decided to translate all those numbers and equations in a useful and powerful tool.
We thought about how difficult is learning new things when there is no other motivation than finish a course or getting graduate from school or college. Looking for some articles and literature we got interested in the way children are learning at school. In that moment, we discovered that sometimes the term “fun” is not link as a priority in the educational process and that actually the conservative thought of evaluating education according to the strict discipline and homework amount.
Considering that children learn the most from playing and experimentation, we want to present an all brand new approach for the holograms and the holographic pyramid that let kids absorbs the knowledge at school in a funnier way. We want to help by giving a natural motivation to learn by “touching, seeing, hearing, moving and doing” as Lev Vygotsky said.
Taking into account the new field where holograms can make someone’s life better we want to present this holographic video as a good start to create a library in which people (parents, teacher, even the kids) could download different files –no matter when or where- with 3d models or with holographic videos that let people use the pyramid.
Since we read and tried to understand the Basic Geometrical Optics we integrated the main components: light source, pyramid structure and computer-generated image. As soon as we implied those concepts, we were prepared to represent the Water Cycle in real time in order to generate a more interactive way of learning at schools.
Our holographic video consists in three (3) main parts:
- CREATING A TIME LAPSE. Firstly we produced a 3D animation (if you want to build it watch the attached file 3d Modeling). With the frames files it would be possible to create the video of the specific matter you want to learn (in this case was the water cycle animation).
2. MAKING THE HOLOGRAPHIC VIDEO. Bearing in mind the format and device resolution we were going to use (tablet), we adjusted the measures of each of the frames that composed the time lapse. Then, we started organizing the four different perspectives in an editing software. The result is here:
3. BUILDING THE PYRAMID. After the video dimensions were decided, we made a template that helped us to construct the pyramid. Everybody can make it at home and use it in future occasions.
Finally, we turn the lights off and this was what we got:
The potential creation of these didactic animations are an effort to league the scientific discoveries and the academic surroundings, always trying to comprehend that kids learn better when they want to learn, that is why “fun” has to be a fact, a real life approach in learning contexts encouraging kids and teachers to activate their imagination by doing experiments in an easy and comprehensive mode.
In sum up, this project looks forward to let the children manage their own process in a responsible way in which the teachers are well trained and aware of the necessity of using interactive tools that cooperate in a more active way to the knowledge process enrichment.
- Tung H. Jeong. Basic principles and applications of holography”. Fundametals of photonics module. Lake Forest College. pp. 381-417
- Child action. Play: It’s the way young children learn. 2007. pp. 17-20
- Maria Camila Botía Bocanegra
- Juliana Oñate Berrocal