The Virtual Playground
The Virtual Playground is an engaging simulation environment for children between 9 and 12 y. old, which was used for research in evaluating interactivity in virtual environments for learning. It was created for a CAVE-like immersive VR display.
Children wear 3D glasses and use a 3D computer mouse (called a "wand") to design a virtual playground. In this playground, the child user assumes the role of a designer that must carry out tasks, such as planning the layout of the playground by modifying, resizing and placing its various elements. These tasks require solving mathematical fraction problems.
Start date: 2002
Duration: 4 years