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New AR Sandbox at The Muse looks like something from the future

Augmented reality turns this sandbox into a hands-on teaching tool

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — At The Muse Knoxville, a new sandbox is one of the museum's biggest attractions. 

But, it's not your old-school sand toy. 

The Augmented Reality Sandbox displays projections on the sand that kids can interact with in real-time.

Pile up the sand to create a mountain, and suddenly it transforms into an erupting volcano. Clap your hands, and dozens of butterflies appear and flutter around the box. 

Using different programs, the AR Sandbox can teach kids about topography, geologic concepts, seasons, elevation changes, and the list goes on.

Credit: The Muse Knoxville
Kids at The Muse Knoxville play with AR Sandbox.

If you want to put your hands in the sand, The Muse is open until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and until noon on Mondays.