As part of TISA’s new STEAM Lab, Amber McCabe’s 8th grade class will participate in an Augmented Reality (AR) Mural Work/Study Project providing real-world community focused learning of STEAM skills. AR is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. Information about the environment and its objects is overlaid on the real world. This exciting 8-week project kicks off today December 12.

Co-founders, Bowe Ellis and Steve Kennebeck are opening Ziggy’s, a new yoghurt shop in Taos (Next to Taos Java) and approached me to see if STEMarts Lab could coordinate students to paint a mural for the shop. STEMarts Lab brings artists into schools through interdisciplinary collaborations that integrate art, science, and technology through social practice. For this project, participating students will be collaborating with lead artists, Jason Rodriguez and Aya Trevino of ARTAOS to design the interior wall space of the new Yogurt store.

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Students will create an Augmented Reality (AR) mural that makes the whole space interactive. By pointing your smartphone or iPad at the painted mural on the walls, animated images pop off the wall for a fun and surreal 3D experience. The main star of the mural will be Ziggy, the adorable pug of owner, Bowe Ellis. Yoghurt will never be the same!

Students will be involved in all aspects of the production, from visiting the space and meeting the “clients”, to developing the concept, to designing the technology that creates an augmented reality experience for visitors.  Through this project students understand the interdependence of art, science, technology in our society and personal lives.The AR Mural project aligns with Core Arts standards, 21st Century standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

This project will provide invaluable real world STEAM skills;

  • Business skills by working with a client to design a site specific installation (Site Visit, measurement, space planning, client communications)
  • Design and critical thinking skills to explore new approaches to image making, including designing stencils and laser cut vinyl patterns.
  • Project planning such as identifying design constraints (budget, materials, copyright, technology)
  • Learning cutting edge technology skills to create augmented reality experiences. (Define still image (trigger) criteria vs AR imagery (overlay)
  • Collaboration with UNM Digital Media facilitators, Peter Walker and Enrico Trujillo, and their art students to access advanced technologies to realize their ideas.i.e. 3-D animation and green screen video making.
  • Building of scale model of site to consider floor, ceiling, counters, safe zones, etc.

These students will also have the opportunity to become AR Technology “teachers”  to the 5th through 7th graders in a second workshop, so that all the whole middle school becomes part of the project.

This TISA project is made possible through a partnership with ARTAOS, Ziggy’s Yogurt Shop founders; Bowe Ellis and Steve Kennebeck, and a Paseo Project collaboration with UNM Digital Media Arts.

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