Ever seen a dinosaur up-close? Always wondered what it was like to take a stroll on Mars? What if instead of learning about the solar system in an abstract and passive way, we could actually get it to fit within the bounds of the classroom for kids to interact with it? Virtual and augmented reality make all of this possible, and much more. Thanks to the new mind-bending experiences that these new technologies now offer, youth around the country now have the possibility to break traditional boundaries of time and space, can travel to Venice during recess and take a walk down a Memphis street in 1968.
Last time we were in West Charlotte, NC, we did a short intro to augmented reality for education at an after school program to showcase the tremendous potential that augmented reality has to open youth’s minds to new horizons. From the comfort of their classroom, young people were able to interact with space exploration rovers from past NASA programs and navigate a hologram of the solar system. Once back on earth, they were able to meet up-close endangered species such as the big horn sheep, and reconnect to the wonders of earthly wildlife. The young learners were absolutely thrilled to hold the beauties of the earth and the galaxy in the palm in their hands.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Not only was the technology interactive, it had the unique competitive advantage of putting learners face-to-face with the majesty of celestial bodies and the wilderness of otherwise unapproachable animals. For an instant, young people were teleported to a world full of possibilities where nothing was unattainable. At Equality Lab, our goal is to give more kids the opportunity to have such experiences.
The latest report by MarketsandMarkets is forecasting that the market for AR only will grow from $11 Billion (USD) in 2018 to $60 Billion by 2023, with investments primarily coming from healthcare, retail and e-commerce.
It would be game-changing for economically disadvantaged youth to not only have access to demos of pre-existing content, but also be empowered with the skills to create and build new VR/AR content. VR/AR development skills are more and more sought-after skills in this rapidly evolving job market and it would be a tremendous advantage for kids to have a head start in a field of exponential opportunities.
You are an educational agency, run an after school enrichment program and want to learn more about our VR/AR curriculum and training opportunities? Contact us at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org