Prof. Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction and light is a form of electromagnetic waves. He invented the early prototype of electrical motor.
Science experiments were demonstrated live in the lecture hall. Scientific papers were written to describe the experiment just like people witnessing it. Scientific methods were using same experiment with same steps to replicate results.
He invented the Voltaic pile (the battery). The SI unit of electrical potential - Volt - is named after him. He was also invited to demo the Voltaic pile to Napoleon.
Prof. Faraday was a scientific discoverer with unique intuition that uncovered a series of electromagnetic phenomena. He also started a series of Christmas lectures for young people and the general public to learn more about sciences.
Prof. Maxwell formulated dynamic electromagnetism to unify electricity, magnetism, and light as electromagnetic waves. Maxwell was voted the third greatest physicist of all time, behind only Newton and Einstein.
While improving K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pedagogy has been a top priority in United States, students still have struggle to learn sciences where many of them are with low motivation. Faraday’s Lab equips with VR technologies to turn learning abstract scientific theories into more hands-on, exciting, and practical experiences for learning elementary level of electromagnetism.
We designed Faraday’s Lab to enable players to take Michael Faraday’s perspective of seeing the “invisible lines of force”. The player holds a bar magnet to interact and explore a series of electromagnetic experiments from the 19th century. Through the process of interaction, the player is able to see and experience the invisible magnetic field in order to gain intuitions and impressions with physics and stories. We hope this approach can provide an alternative way of learning physics while enjoying the playful interaction.
We have one architect/prototyper, who designed the scenes and made sure every part can be assembled at the end; two research scientists with physics background, who implemented the magnetic interaction based on Maxwell’s equations with C++; another software engineer laid down the foundation of building dynamic vector fields in Unreal Engine. And we have a storyteller with education background, who helped building the storylines and tuning interactions.