FANTASIA project aims at developing an educational package for the teaching of some basic scientific concepts & skills. It will be in such a form that it can be easily used by anyone regardless whether they are teachers, parents or guardians and regardless of their training. It can be used independently in class or at home, with the support of an adult. The educational material will be implemented in science classrooms as well as at homes and science centers, in participating EU countries and evaluated in regards to its educational objectives.

The project outcome is represented by the book and mobile application powered by Augmented Reality contents that help to understand three science concepts for kids in K-12 grade.

The basic subjects which will be addressed are the concept of the spherical earth, as a planet moving around itself & the sun, the concept of the sun, the phenomenon of the change of the day/night cycle & the explanation of floating & sinking of solid objects in the water. Moreover the students will learn how to apply the scientific method in order to evaluate their beliefs concerning the above phenomena.

Why do we use a fairy tale?

In science teaching we focus on activating students’ minds and usually we neglect their emotions. Fairy tales and story telling have been used for centuries as an effective teaching tool mainly because they activate emotions (Plato: “Homer is the teacher of Greeks”- Bible)

FANTASIA project combines story telling, scientific method (rational thinking) and AR technology (to represent scientific models).

Science Concepts Augmented in Fantasia Fairy tale Book

What is the shape of the earth?

  • Children use consistently one of few mental models of the Earth to answer questions about its shape:
  • What is the shape of the Earth? “If you walked and walked for many days in a straight line, where would you end up?
  • Would you ever reach the edge of the Earth?”
  • “Is there an edge to the Earth?“ Make a drawing/play dough model of the Earth Show me where people live on the Earth.​

Why do we have day and night?

What do we ask children about the day/night
cycle:

  • It’ s day now. How will night come?
  • Where is the sun at night?
  • Make a drawing/play dough model of the earth and the
    sun during the day. Show me how night will come.
  • What should be done to have day/night all the time?
  • (If the earth/sun moves) What would happen if the
    earth/sun stops.

Why do some things float and others sink?

Kids are using different mental models for floating and sinking:

  • Heavy objects sink, while light objects float.
  • Heavy objects float, while light objects sink.
  • Big objects float, while small objects sink.
  • Floating and sinking depends on the material of the objects o whether they are hollow or compact.​

Title: FAiry TAle ScIence Augmented Acronym: FAnTASIA

Project ID: 2019-1-IE01-KA201-051391

Duration: 01/11/2019 –  31-10-2021

Main Objective of the project: Innovation

Interested in piloting at your school? Email to fantasia@ucd.ie 

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