As part of the communication strategy for the CHIC project, augmented reality (AI) and virtual reality (VR) have been developed to support the effective learning about New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) among children and young citizens. The development of this kind of games will contribute to one of several training goals stated in the project by providing fun, engaging and innovative materials to promote NPBTs and the technology behind this scientific process.
In particular, these two games are:
We are looking to partner with primary and secondary schools all over Europe to showcase these innovative game. The games are aimed to support the most innovative and entertaining educational activities available to target audience to teach about NPBTs in broader knowledge, including existing techniques, benefits and socioeconomic impact. Virtual and augmented reality innovations are increasingly being used in educational setting because: (1) they provoke higher engagement and motivation in students; (2) they make it possible to recreate real situations in virtual environments in a costless and safer way and; (3) they support spatial, procedural and situated knowledge and skills acquisition.
Therefore, we are asking for your participation to test out these new exciting games. The CHIC project consortium, in partnership with the Interactive Systems Group (DEI Lab) at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, is organizing workshops and demonstrations of its state-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices that would allow elementary and high school students to try out the immersive games of gene editing. It will give the students the opportunity to learn more about the technology behind this new innovative process within the scope of the EU-funded CHIC project.
These demonstrations will give students the opportunity to play with the latest generation of immersive technology devices, such as Microsoft Hololens for augmented reality or Oculus Quest for virtual reality, and utilize them as a fun and innovative learning tool about plant science.
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