Infinity cube is an exciting way to introduce discovery learning in your classroom.
Fidgeting toy as a basis for educational materials ensures that all your students (especially students with attention difficulties, or autism spectrum conditions) enjoy learning.
Even with multiple research findings connecting movement with improved focus and academic performance, the importance of kinaestethic elements is often forgotten in traditional teaching practice. One way of offering your students some kinaesthetic learning opportunities is to use 3D objects as an alternative or addition to your usual printed instructions or tasks.
How to create your own AR infinity cube?
You will need:
– square labels
I’m using 37x37mm square labels sheet from the Label Planet
– template to print out images on your labels
Also available on the Label Planet site
– printer (laser or inkjet, it works on both)
– some transparent tape
– quite possibly some patience
Start with deciding on the images you want to have on your AR infinity cube. Each cube has 6 square sides and 3 long (or double square) sides. Of course, depending on your content, you can rearrange your sides – double square can be in portrait or landscape orientation; squares can be full or split into smaller images. Above is an example of my template.
Next step is to print out the labels (make sure you rotate the blank labels correctly when placing them in the tray) and the paper cube templates (each infinity cube is made of 8 cubes). Here is where the patience comes in. You might need a few extra sheets of labels to practice, so count that in.
Connecting individual paper cubes right is crucial for infinity cube to work. Use tape as shown above, and follow the video tutorial to make sure you got it right
When you connect your cubes and add labels it should look something like this:
The only thing left to do is to make this infinity cube interactive. Depending on your skill level, pick your tool and add another dimension of content. Tutorials on how to overlay images with media in AR are available HERE