Virtual reality app on Milky Way solar system, case study: Kebraon II Public Elementary School, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

Lisana, Lisana and Suciadi, Marcellinus Ferdinand and Ramadhan, Febrianto (2019) Virtual reality app on Milky Way solar system, case study: Kebraon II Public Elementary School, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. In: Informatics, Technology And Engineering. International Conference. 2019. (Incite 2019), 22-23 August 2019, Bali, Indonesia..

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6th grade students of Kebraon II Public Elementary School at Surabaya, Indonesia, learn the introduction to astronomy about the solar system. However, they don’t understand some basic concepts, such as the differences of rotation and revolution, shape and size of planets and other celestial bodies. In addition, they are not interested in studying astronomy, because of the books consisting of large amount of text and black-and-white still images. To spark the students’ interest on astronomy, we create an interactive application which features virtual reality (VR) to introduce astronomy. It features the solar system and other celestial bodies with their information (orbital time, rotation time, revolution time, etc.), as well as solar and lunar eclipse animation and information, in accordance with Indonesia’s Ministry of Education 2006 curriculum, KTSP (Kurikulum Tingkat Satuan Pendidikan, School-Based Curriculum). The application is developed for Samsung Gear VR using Unity 5. Users will be able to see the whole solar system and navigate using a Bluetooth-enabled, Android compatible gamepad, and interact with celestial bodies to see their information. The application is black-box tested to teacher and 10 students. All students are more interested in astronomy, concluding that this app can be used as an alternative medium to introduce astronomy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering > Department of Informatic
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 16:01
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2021 16:01

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