Students board virtual reality spaceship, get to explore solar system

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: May 11, 2016 00:00 IST
Students watch a virtual reality video on solar system, in Jaipur on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

A total of 850 students of St. Xavier’s School on Tuesday were taught about the solar system through cutting edge virtual reality (VR) technology at the school’s auditorium. Kompanions, a Gurgaon-based organization organised VR gadgets for the students.

Virtual reality, also known as immersive multimedia, is a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment to allow user interaction. VR was first endorsed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

In the video presentation, students found themselves boarding a space ship from the school premises and visiting planets of solar system one by one, followed by information and trivia. Overjoyed students were seen sharing insights about the solar system with their friends while enjoying the technology.

“I have seen videos of Mark Zuckerberg explaining virtual reality experience but this was the first time when we witnessed the phenomenon. The presentation was very informative but most importantly fun-based,” said Ayush, a Class 5 student.

Madhurya, a student of Class 12 said the technology is beneficial for studies in fields of physics, genetics, molecular biology, medical science and information technology. “VR allows better vision and is beneficial in the field of medical science as it allows the surgeon to dissect a body in virtual reality,” said Madhurya.

“Use of technology enhances our interest in learning. Through virtual reality, we aim to develop interest in students towards fun-based knowledge,” said Dilip Srivastava, organiser.



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