Project Decription: Using virtual reality, we are projecting data into what we call "The Heap Map." This is a visual and interactive virtual world in which statistical data is shown falling down and collecting into heaps onto a map of NZ. Targeting intermediate and secondary school children, this will create a fun and engaging way to interact with statistical information. We gathered data primarily from Statistics New Zealand, such as population and internet accessibility. Then we integrated the data with representational objects, which drop onto the map into their appropriate geographical locations. Using the Heap Map will bring the data to life and create an immersive experience for students, much more so than simply reading statistics in a book.
Data Story: In the first instance, Dale, Josh and Kevin researched the data sets for suitability and sourced the data we needed for the Heap Map. Once the data had been selected, it was converted to scale so that the larger quantities are not overwhelming to the system. This data is then visualised into 3D objects created by Zak; these are the objects that will fall down in the virtual world and settle in a heap. With the visualised data, it is then integrated into Zac's spacial 3D map of the North Island of New Zealand. With this integrated system, we can now implement VR technology, thus visualising the data in an easy, interactive environment for learning purposes.