Mobile Learning Lab
Mobile Learning Lab
A mobile learning laboratory for the earth sciences.
The goal of this project was to design a mobile lab to facilitate the education of earth science to elementary school children in an interactive way. The program allows children to plant their own vegetables in the spring and harvest them in the fall. At harvest time the community holds an event called the “Harvest Festival” during which the children pick their own vegetables, wash them, and cook them with a chef from the community. Working alongside Josh Finkle and Luther Young, we designed the lab and each member also created a product to facilitate the goals of the program.
The lab our team designed creates an interactive learning experience, which facilitates the festival activities along with additional activities during the year. There are two halves of the lab, one that re-creates the above ground world and explains the natural processes of plant life that occur on the surface. The other half is the world below the surface and explains the processes that are not normally visible. The lab itself squishes up like an accordion in order to provide quick and easy transport.
We created user driven scenarios for the activities in the Mobile Learning Lab.
STAG created a mobile vegetable washing machine in support of the harvest festival. After the children pick their own vegetables from the garden they are tasked with finding the correctly sized container on the ball. They pull out the container, put the vegetables in, fill the interior with water, and roll the ball around in order to wash their vegetables. As the vegetables get washed, the grooves begin to light up, through a kinetic energy generator. Once the grooves are completely lit up the children know their vegetables are all clean. They then remove the containers with their clean vegetables and pour out the dirty water. This allows them to get instant feedback on how much dirt was removed.
Luther Young created a interactive exhibit to understand how plants create energy.
Josh Finkle created underground exploration lighting.
Initial sketches.
Form development sketches.
Mobile Learning Lab
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Mobile Learning Lab

A mobile learning laboratory for the earth sciences.
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