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Data Science and GIS spring workshop series in white text on a purple and blue background

Data Science/GIS workshop series is powered by GIS and Data Service Center, and Research Education at University Libraries. This workshop series offers introductory to advanced level skills in GIS, Data Science, Data Visualization among others.

The AR Sandbox is an interactive educational and technology that combines elements of augmented reality with a physical box containing white sand. It allows users to model 3D topographic features like mountains, valleys, rivers, or even simulations of ecosystems, displayed in real-time on the sand's surface making it an engaging, immersive and educational experience. As users manipulate the sand, the virtual terrain adjusts accordingly. The Sandbox has potential applications in Geography, Geology, Hydrology, Environmental Science, as well as general spatial awareness and interactive learning. During the quick introductory workshop you will learn the basics and get some hands-on time in the Sandbox!

UMD Libraries welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you have questions about the access provided or would like to request accommodations, please contact For some types of accommodations, including securing an ASL interpreter, the Libraries may need two to four weeks of advance notice. Automatic captions will be available for this virtual event.


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