Augmented Reality Sandbox

Experience Augmented Reality 

A hands-on sandbox exhibit combined with 3D visualization applications created by researchers at UC Davis.

Find out more about this powerful education tool here.

We are officially the owners of the 500th AR Sandbox!
Read about this milestone here.

Augmented Reality Explained

The AR Sandbox brings earth science to life by merging hands-on play with digital effects. It combines a real sandbox with a motion-sensing camera and a digital projector. As users shape the sand with their hands, the camera detects the changes and a computer projects colors depicting elevation, vividly illustrating the principles of topographic maps. Users can also create rainstorms, lakes and rivers, and immediately see how reshaping the sand surface changes the water flow.

AR Sandbox Exhibit
AR Sandbox


This exhibit currently lives at our Los Vaqueros Interpretive Center in Brentwood, and will move to our main District office in Concord during the summer of 2018.


Los Vaqueros Interpretive Center
19 Walnut Boulevard
Brentwood, CA 94513


Call: 925-688-8109