‘Augmented reality sandbox’ explores Crowders Mountain geography

Crowders Mountain State Park will get a dynamic new exhibit in its visitor center, thanks to a $4,500 grant from the Gaston Community Foundation to The Friends of Crowders Mountain.

crmo-exhibit-2The park’s exhibit hall will be outfitted with an “augmented reality sandbox,” a computer-aided display that’ll allow visitors to experience and experiment with the unusual geography of the park and its surrounding terrain. (Here’s a video of a similar exhibit.)

The sandbox will be built specifically to demonstrate the unique geology of the region and how forces of erosion created the park’s unique landforms. It will be a hands-on connection to the terrain experienced by more than 700,000 hikers each year. The exhibit should be especially fulfilling to visitors with physical challenges and visual impairments.

crmo-exhibit-1The grant will be matched by exhibit repair funds already allocated. The Friends of Crowders Mountain is greatly appreciative for the support of the Community Foundation for its support.

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