Virtual reality transports students to space station

Sixth-graders at St. Germaine Elementary School, 9711 S. Kolin Ave., in Oak Lawn, recently “visited” the International Space Station with the use of virtual reality (VR) goggles. The school received a grant from the Lila and Violet Zaranti Foundation to purchase goggles for its technology program. VR and its “cousin” AR (augmented reality) allow students to visit places and ideas in three dimensions. Field trips to distant places and advanced science topics are easily available. The growing list of VR resources includes “tours” of Washington, D.C., colonial Williamsburg and the Vatican. Science “expeditions” bring students into the world of atoms and molecules, human body systems and the Brazilian rainforest. The potential for engaging students in their world is almost unlimited. Enrollment is now open for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information about the programs at St. Germaine, call (708-425-6063) or visit the website at stgermaineschool.com.

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