Visual Science Studio created a series of educational posters and augmented reality applications for the Science Laboratories of the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow. The project aims to motivate and attract students’ attention to the topics of the school program in the natural sciences, combining the traditional form of the educational poster, familiar to most teachers and a user-friendly mobile application format. For each of the selected topics, we created their own augmented reality (AR) and the electronic version of the poster, which provides the opportunity to delve into the study of the issue in an interactive manner.
The first series of posters and application sections is devoted to four topics: Anatomy of the frog; DNA, RNA, and protein; the Atom; and a Solubility table. The poster design process involved using scientific methods such as computed microtomography, molecular modeling and dynamics, as well as data on the shape of different atomic orbitals. Posters are available for teachers who attended the educational laboratories of the Polytechnic Museum, a free app with augmented reality and electronic versions of the posters are available on Google Play and at the App Store.
The table of solubility of electrolytes in aqueous solutions, unlike the other posters of the series is made in the A0 format and oriented horizontally. The Visual Science version of the solubility table does not contain inaccuracies found in other instances of this common school visual aid. The table cells include information on pH of solutions, temperature at which the solubility was measured, color of the insoluble salts. Substance that do not exist in aqueous solutions and substances that are not found in nature at all are marked by different symbols.
The electronic version of the poster shows the scrollable categories in which you can separately select the cation and anion and display the corresponding cell of the solubility table containing all the available information on the screen of a phone or a tablet.
We are grateful to Ivan Bogantsev (Ph.D. Deputy Director General for science communication and educational activity) for his input to the project
Molecular modelling through computer graphics permits plenty of latitude for exercising artistic talent to inform, explain and instruct. Visual Science shows the way with its high quality, accurate, informative graphics that explain even the most complex processes of life.