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Discovery Education’s Sandbox AR Honoured with Global Educational Supplies and Solutions Award

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During the recent 16th edition of Global Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS) Dubai, Discovery Education’s Sandbox AR App was named Best XR/VR/AI Product as part of the GESS Education Awards. Discovery Education is the worldwide EdTech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.  

GESS Dubai provides educators access to the products and solutions that meet the needs of the modern classroom and transform the way students learn. Alongside the exhibition and conference is the GESS Education Awards program, which rewards outstanding educational products, services, and people, as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession. The GESS Education Awards aim to encourage the raising of educational service and product standards throughout the industry and is an accolade of excellence.

Sandbox AR is an augmented reality maker app that allows students and teachers to create, share, and even inhabit virtual environments. By placing a stage on a flat surface and adding models to create a sandbox, students create a virtual world they can experience and share.


Sandbox AR includes:

Hundreds of models to add to a sandbox that cover history, the built world, science, and nature, and more
A life size mode so students can scale up their sandbox and walk into their virtual world
Pre-built sandboxes exploring diverse subjects such as ancient Egypt, space exploration, road construction, and more
Free, pre-built lessons educators can use to guide AR integration into classroom instruction


Sandbox AR is available for download here. To learn more about Discovery Education’s entire suite of AR/VR resources, visit the company’s immersive learning website here.


“Discovery Education is grateful to the judges of the GESS Education Awards for this honour,” said Pete Weir, Discovery Education’s Chief Product Officer. “We believe immersive learning experiences, like those created by Sandbox AR, can play a significant role in connecting what’s taught in the classroom to the world beyond. This recognition serves as validation of our approach to augmented and virtual reality and will encourage our talented team to continue to create innovative resources that can easily be integrated into classroom instruction.


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