UK school installs 150-seat virtual reality lab

Real world virtual reality is transforming learning around the globe.

virtual-realityAs virtual reality makes more of an impact on education, an increasing number of colleges and universities are exploring how virtual reality labs might impact teaching and learning.

In the United Kingdom, Aston University, is building a 150 seat zSpace virtual reality lab, complete with virtual holographic displays on each student’s desktop capable of projecting 3D objects.

In lectures and project work, students can “lift” virtual objects from the screen and manipulate these objects as if they real using the zSpace VR stylus. Students’ project work can then be transferred to a nearby CAVE space to be shared and explored in full size.

Aston University worked with Virtalis, a virtual reality and advanced visualization company, that markets zSpace products as a value-added reseller in several territories, and distributes Virtalis’ Visionary Render software available on the zSpace platform through its worldwide sales channels.

Students at the Singapore American School, an independent, nonprofit day school that offers an American-based curriculum, were the first in the country to experiment with zSpace virtual reality technology. Both elementary and middle school students have had the opportunity to use zSpace in the library, while the high school was the first to introduce the technology as part of its science curriculum, specifically in the physical, life, earth, and environmental sciences.

Students have explored the use of zSpace to study animal dissection, aquatic habitats, and chemical structures without time-consuming and challenging lab setups, and to view interactions among objects in physics and chemistry classes.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione