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Virtual Reality brings learning to new dimensions

Virtual reality is changing the way students are learning. Messy science lab experiments are a thing of that past! (KBOI Staff Photo)

Students at Idaho Arts Charter Academy in Nampa are turning away from textbooks and toward technology.

Virtual reality is changing the way students are learning. Messy science lab experiments are a thing of that past!

High school students are able to study a human heart without ever putting on a lab coat or latex gloves. Instead, they’re just picking up a stylus.

“It is really interesting to be able to do all these things in 3D, to be able to look at our bodies and animals without just a 2D drawing,” said Hillevi Svendsen, a Senior.

Using zSpace virtual reality computers, students are able to immerse themselves into subjects, ranging from anatomy to architecture, like never before.

“You can make things grow and shrink by pulling the [stylus] closer and farther away,” said Natalie Hughes, a Sophomore. “[It] creates a world on your screen that you can interact with.”

It is new technology, so Idaho Arts Charter Academy has yet to track whether it improves classroom results long-term, but so far the students seem to like it.

“Technology is really coming around and improving every day,” said Baylee Hunt, a Sophomore. “I think it’s important that we start learning younger. I think a lot of people say we don’t necessarily need this to learn. But, it puts you at an advantage when you are learning. Rather than just reading through a textbook, you actually have an experience.”

The Superintendent of Idaho Arts Charter Academy says they are the first school in Idaho to get an entire lab of zSpace virtual reality computers, but more schools are slowly intergrating them into their classrooms.


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