We are a group of undergraduate researchers from Georgia Tech leveraging mixed reality (MR) to help students learn coding more easily and with more fun. We have developed an MR coding learning platform (currently implemented using Apple’s ARKit 2 on iOS), with a physical user-configurable coding game board. Our preliminary results demonstrate a strong potential for our research ideas.
Our approach could provide major benefits over conventional augmented reality (AR) approaches for learning coding and debugging:
In order to examine whether mixed reality, we will work with local middle school and high school to engage educators and students to iteratively evaluate and improve our research ideas and implementation.
We are also working to support more programming concepts (e.g., loops and conditionals), and implementing corresponding path finding challenges that stimulate students’ learning interest.
To maximize the impact of our research we aim to develop a cross-platform solution with more interactive content and greater extensibility to the learning platform, we are exploring the use of Unreal Engine for our mixed reality implementation.