( ENSPIRE NEWS ) Google to offer free virtual reality field trip kits to teachers, students around the world
In the 2015/2016 school year, kids will be able to travel around the world without ever leaving the classroom. Google announced Monday that it’s bringing its virtual reality Expeditions Pioneer Program to students around the world for free.
The Expeditions Pioneer Program allows teachers to take their students on virtual fieldtrips around the world. They can visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico or climb Machu Picchu in Peru.
Google will also provide teachers with all the equipment necessary to take virtual trips. Each kit will include an ASUS smartphones, a tablet for the teacher, a router and Google Carboard viewers.
Students and teachers who sign up for the program in the U.S., UK, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand will be some of the first to try Google’s VR kits. Google plans to travel to more locations as the school year progresses.
The Expeditions Pioneer Program currently has a library with more than 100 virtual trips. Some of those trips include Mars, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Wall of China.
The program can also be used to preview professional careers. Students will be able to live the day in the life of a veterinarian or a computer scientist via virtual reality.