ADDING TANGIBILITY TO THE INTANGIBLE
Yesterday, H003 was packed. Occupying the capacity of our research laboratory was Senator Mensch, North Penn Television(NPTV), various administration, and the superintendent of North Penn School District, Dr. Dietrich. Everyone was filled with excitement and inquiry into our various research endeavors. When the Senator came over to our corner we spoke about current virtual reality applications, such as military training, healthcare, etc. Lots of cameras were pointed my way, but all of my time spent in VR allowed me to discuss our research unhindered by the overabundance of screens. I also showed him the Google Cardboard, which I explained occupied a particular niche in the integration of VR with education due to its ease of use and affordable price tag. I told him that education was the next big development in VR application, despite few companies (such as Google) capitalizing on this nascent potential.
Soon, Dr. Dietrich walked over to speak with Bryan and I regarding our research. I brought up the ubiquity of distraction in the classroom. I was speaking from experience, and so it was easy to get my point across. The entirety of education was laden with electronic distraction, so what if that distraction could be harvested and put to better use? Our goal was to take advantage of our generation's technological crutch, and teach them through the very devices which always seemed to occupy our attention. If we could educate students experientially through an immersive simulation, the learning possibilities were endless.
We were happy to see our interest in VR reciprocated by others, and gladly demonstrated the HTC Vive to both Dr. Dietrich and Senator Mensch!