For more than 50 years now, outstanding achievements in science and research have been honoured with the Wissenschaftspreis Niederösterreich (Science Prize of Lower Austria). The working group KARLI of the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences has now received the “Wissen schaf[f]t Zukunft“ Prize for its “outstanding concept for science communication in schools”. The prize is awarded in a new subject area every year. This year’s focus is on the cross-cutting topic of “Bewusstseinsbildung: Wissenschaftsvermittlung und Wissenschaftskommunikation“ (raising awareness: science transfer and communication).
Anatomical Knowledge via App
KARLI (Kindgerechtes Augmented Reality Lern-Interface) is an application developed by Digital Healthcare students Mariella Seel, Michael Andorfer, Patrick Knogler, Anna Maria Lienhart and Johannes Panzenböck with the support of the research institute IC\M/T (Institute for Creative Media Technologies). The app was designed specifically for children in order to provide them with knowledge about the human anatomy. The learning experience is enhanced by the stimulation of several senses and the use of augmented reality.
“The app is designed to assist children in the development of their health competence. The more basic knowledge they have, the more likely they are to make well-informed decisions regarding their own health in the further course of their lives”, says Mariella Seel, student project manager of KARLI.
Meeting the Challenges of the Future
The interdisciplinary character of the project played a major part in its success. “At the St. Pölten UAS, we always strive to bring together the expertise of several different disciplines. In the Digital Healthcare degree programme, for example, we combine knowledge from the healthcare sector with the latest digital developments to come up with applications that help us meet the challenges of the future”, emphasises Andreas Jakl, UAS lecturer at the Department of Media and Digital Technologies and project coach for KARLI. “I congratulate our students on this prize and the recognition of their commitment to science communication in the children’s and youth sector.”