Our NC STEM accredited school serves 700 wonderful scientists from PK-5. We have a passion for science and STEM and would like to provide the equipment needed for our scientists to learn and grow.
I hope to look beyond the classroom and extend beyond robotics, STEM engineering challenges, and augmented reality as we leap into virtual reality.
I have had the opportunity to use augmented reality in the form of Merge Cubes and Osmos and have found great success in teaching about topics such as the solar system and Earth's forming which we could not typically hold in our hands but can with the use of augmented reality. Now, I want to increase student opportunities and introduce virtual reality. This highly engaging activity will appeal to all student K-5.
Over the past few months, I have introduced augmented reality across my 6 grade levels and 700 students. We have utilized free options which include Merge Cubes' free printable cubes, as well as trial Osmo kits.
My classes have been filled with "ooo"s and "ahh"s as I introduce and implement augmented reality and I can't wait to see engagement increase with the arrival of virtual reality.
I have also used my graduate studies to pursue opportunities to research the impact of augmented and virtual reality and am also pursuing opportunities to teach professional development in these fields.
With your support, I will be able to expand these opportunities through virtual reality. VR will also allow me to provide a more diverse set of experiences and choices to students without an increased economic or time commitment.
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