According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 49.8 million students enrolled in pre-k through 12th grade. Chances are about two thirds of those students are bored or zoning out in class right now. Sad, but true.
As a team, we want to counter this disinterest in education by re-establishing the excitement and enthusiasm that should accompany lesson plans. With the use of the Oculus Development Kit 2, our team has created a way for students to learn about and gain experience with a life-changing and powerful technology.
The Oculus Expedition is designed to take students to places they have never been or could never go to engage them in a way that textbooks cannot. We have designed a virtual model of the solar system that will allow students to explore the surface of planets and educate themselves using the Oculus. Rather than boring students with textbooks about the Moon, we are going to take them there. Featuring Neil Armstrong’s first footstep, the lunar lander from the Apollo 11 mission and the American flag, students will feel as if they are floating around due to an absence of gravity while learning about the atmosphere, or lack there of. So fasten your seatbelts because we’re about to take you out of this world!