The Virtual UCF Arboretum Project Demonstration


Come and see a demonstration of The Virtual UCF Arboretum Project, a digital media and research project combining website and virtual reality (VR) technology for STEM education. The website presents information on plants and flowers found in the UCF Arboretum. There are 3D Models of the plants that are VR enabled for view in inexpensive VR headsets (smart phones and Google Cardboard or similar) to allow detailed investigation. Also capable of viewing on any device over the web, these models allow you to zoom-in, pan, and rotate the 3D models to understand the shape and form of the real flower. This project is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Visual Arts and Design and the Department of Biology, led by Dr. Maria C. R. Harrington, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, and Dr. Patrick Bohlen, The UCF Arboretum Director Professor of Biology at UCF.