Volograms to inspire women for STEM careers
Inspiring Women aims to inspire a new generation of Irish women to purse a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The Learnovate-funded research project uses actors to depict these historic women in volograms – effectively full-bodied three-dimensional holograms – which can be viewed on handheld devices in the classroom using Augmented Reality (AR). The project was also covered by Sky News (video below).
Educational projects such as Inspiring Women lack the large amount of resources that ambitious productions in other industries enjoy. Generating volumetric captures in a simple, affordable and accessible way was crucial for Linda Cardiff and her team.
The project, funded by research and innovation centre Learnovate used Volograms' technology to capture actors portraying Ellen Hutchins, Ireland's first female botanist, and physician Dorothy Stopford Price as they told their stories. The captures were then turned to volograms and viewed by students in AR to engage and inspire teenage audience more than traditional teaching materials.