Dr. Joshua Danish and the Learning Sciences program at Indiana University are now using OpenPTrack to develop Cyberlearning tools with elementary school students at a Bloomington area school. The Indiana installation is supporting a thread of the NSF-funded Science Through Technology Enhanced Play (STEP) project, led by Dr. Noel Enyedy of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, in association UCLA REMAP. STEP aims to create physically interactive educational spaces for embodied play that help students learn about scientific phenomena.
Over the course of three weeks in February and March 2015, the current deployment was tested with twenty-five 1st graders. The students took part in planned activities that used their group movement as an interface to media content portraying, for example, the working of forces, the behaviors of bees, and molecules during different states of water. Each session ran approximately 30-40 minutes. Four Kinect 1s and one Mesa SwissRanger 4500 were mounted on the drop ceiling.
An earlier version of the system was tested over the course of three days in May 2014, with seventeen 2nd graders being tracked in groups that ranged from three to six. Cameras were mounted on stands during the first implementation.