RELEASE: Jackson Memorial Middle School Science Class Wins Interactive Augmented Reality Sandbox

March 9, 2020

For Immediate Release

March 9, 2020

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Jackson Memorial Middle School Science Class Wins Interactive Augmented Reality Sandbox

Teacher, Students Win OOGEEP’s Video Contest; Receive Technology, $1,000 Grant

Jackson Twp., OH – Students in a Jackson Memorial Middle School eighth-grade science classroom have a new state-of-the-art sandbox to visualize earth science concepts, thanks a donation presented today from the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). The augmented reality sandbox allows users to make 3D models with sand, which is augmented in real time to create topographical color maps to teach geographic, geologic and hydrologic concepts.


Mrs. Lindsay Dimengo’s class won first place in OOGEEP’s statewide video contest for their submission of “Gone With the Petroleum,” which showed how Ohio-produced oil and natural gas is used in nearly all aspects of life.


“Natural gas and oil production technology in Ohio today requires precision and advanced engineering that brings together a broad range of scientists, engineers and experts to produce the energy our economy needs,” said Greg Mason, OOGEEP interim executive director. “Our industry is proud to support Ohio classrooms with technology, STEM programming and materials that help prepare students for the local, energy sector careers of tomorrow.”


In addition to the permanent augmented reality sandbox, Mrs. Dimengo won a $1,000 classroom grant and a visit from the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit, which includes two-dozen interactive lessons and activities around the science of energy production.


“Students learn the most when they are engaged in interactive learning through hands-on experiences. I am thrilled to use this augmented reality technology to bring the curriculum to life for the students as they create topographic maps in real time while shifting the landscape. This technology will be put to good use in other ways throughout the earth science curriculum,” Mrs. Dimengo said. “My students were very excited about the opportunity to participate in the video contest and we are so appreciative OOGEEP selected our video to receive the grand prize.”


OOGEEP received submissions from schools across the state and college students as part of its Energy Awareness Month video contest.


“Strengthening student achievement continues to be a priority for the district, and providing new opportunities that extend student learning will help prepare them for future careers,” said Kacy Carter, Principal at Jackson Memorial Middle School. “The more we can get our students taking part in hands-on learning that  brings Science to life, the better prepared they’ll be for the future.”




The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is a non-profit statewide education and public outreach program. Created in 1998, OOGEEP provides a variety of programs throughout the State of Ohio. These programs primarily focus on teacher workshops, scholarships, science fair, firefighter training, industry training, career and workforce development, research, landowner and guest speaker programs. Engage with us via, Like us Facebook and follow us on Twitter.