The Plumpton College innovation team built their own Augmented Reality Sandbox for the countryside teaching team. Simply mould the sand by hand and the landscape comes to life. The sand is augmented in real-time with an elevation colour map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water.

The project is based on the work of UC Davis (

One goal of this project was to develop a real-time integrated augmented reality system to physically create topography models which are then scanned into a computer in real time, and used as background for a variety of graphics effects and simulations. The final product is self-contained and ideal for use as a hands-on exhibit in science museums.
Furthermore, this project seeks to raise public awareness and increase understanding and stewardship of freshwater lake ecosystems and earth science processes using immersive three-dimensional (3-D) visualization of lake and watershed processes, supplemented by tabletop science activity stations.

Plumpton College's sandbox has been showcased at STEM shows across the South East as a demonstration of how immersive technology can be applied in the land-based industries. In July the college won first prize at the South of England Agriculture show for best educational exhibition.