“Constructivist Physics Learning in an Immersive, Multi-User Hot Air Balloon Simulation Program (iHABS)” by Kuan and San

  • ©Wong Lai Kuan and Chee Yam San

  • ©Wong Lai Kuan and Chee Yam San

  • ©Wong Lai Kuan and Chee Yam San

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    Constructivist Physics Learning in an Immersive, Multi-User Hot Air Balloon Simulation Program (iHABS)

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    This paper describes and discusses an immersive multi-user Hot Air Balloon Simulation (iHABS) project that allows students to experience virtual hot air ballooning. The iHABS project enables students to pilot a hot air balloon as well as learn fundamental physics principles in a fun, exciting, engaging, and collaborative setting.

    We briefly survey the use of hot air ballooning in physics teaching and the use of VR technologies in support of learning. We then discuss the pedagogical support provided by iHABS. Next, we proceed with a detailed description of the iHABS system followed by a discussion on the design of interaction techniques, the system design and its implementation.


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    We wish to thank Hooi Chit Meng for providing his technical insights on the C-VISions design framework. Special thanks go to Paul Soderman from AllExperts.com for his expert guidance in sorting out the physical calculation for the hot air balloon flight simulation.


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