Science Powered by AR/VR

AR/VR Health & Safety

  • Not intended for <10 year olds.
  • Review pre-existing condition warnings
  • Seizure risk
  • Susceptibility to motion sickness
  • Take regular breaks; no more than 30 minutes of use

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Virtual Reality (VR)

VR Google Expeditions

  • MS-ESS3-5: Climate Change - "Take a view of the adverse effects of climate change in various environments throughout the globe." Available Lesson Plans: Climate Change - and Climate Change -
  • MS-ESS1-1: Astronomy - "Astronomy is the study of what we know about the universe. We explore our position in space; and discover what stars, planets, and moons really are."
  • MS-ESS1-1: Solar System - "The solar system consists of a central star, the sun, and all of the smaller celestial bodies that continuously travel around it, including our very own Earth."
  • MS-LS1-1: Into the Cell - "On this journey into the cell, you will discover the hidden worlds within worlds of life at its most basic level. Explore an animal cell, plant cell, and bacterial cell to see the differences between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and to experience first-hand the beautiful biomolecular basis of life."
  • MS-LS4-1: Fossils - "This Expedition covers fossils in six different slides: 1 - What is a fossil?, 2 - How are Fossils Formed?, 3 - Types of Fossils, 4 - What is a Paleontologist?, 5 - Out in the Field, 6 - What We Can Learn From Fossils"
  • MS-LS4-1: Lost Creatures: A journey through the fossil record of Queensland - "Lost Creatures introduces you to Queensland’s long-lost creatures that lived here over the last 250 million years. Meet some of these inhabitants, including dinosaurs, giant marine reptiles and megafauna unique to Queensland. Marvel at their immense size and diversity. Queensland has undergone great environmental upheaval and climatic change over millions of years. Learn about how these creatures evolved and adapted to these changes, then ultimately faced extinction."
  • Astronomy: Tour of the International Space Station - Really in depth tour of the different modules with 13 different "stops" on the tour. I like this better than the 360 videos I've found. "Float aboard and take a tour through mankind’s international collaboration Space Station, which has been constantly occupied for nearly 20 years. Visit the different modules in the order they added to and expended the International Space Station (ISS)."
  • Astronomy: International Space Station - This is a bit of a shorter Expedition than the other one in this list. "Available Lesson Plans: Microgravity and experiments The International Space Station -, Life in Microgravity The International Space Station -, Introducing the International Space Station -, Build your own Space Station -"
  • Slovakian Caves - "As the water drops from the stalactite down to the stalagmite, the minerals in the water collect to create rock formations. Stalactites hang from the ceiling and are created by water dripping from the roof of the cave. <p>Stalagmites grow up from the ground and are created as water from the roof of the cave hits the ground. In each case, minerals are deposited either hanging from the roof of the cave (stalactites) or on the ground (stalagmites)."

VR YouTube Videos

  • NASA VR/360 Astronaut Training: Space Walk - "A 360-degree immersive virtual reality (VR) viewing experience, featuring exclusive astronaut training footage from NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, Texas. The stunning NASA VR/360 video, produced by Harmonic, offers a variety of perspectives - in the pool and out - as astronauts complete space-walk training for future missions to the International Space Station (ISS)."
  • International Space Station Virtual Tour (360 VR) - "Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Ever wished you could look back at Earth from the International Space Station? Well you are in luck, NASA teamed up with the Google Maps team to bring you the International Space Station Google Street View Virtual Reality (VR) Tour. So grab your VR headset, open the Google Maps Street View app and go exploring! Don't worry if you do not have a VR headset, you can still use the Google Maps app on your smart phone or the desktop version."
  • Juno: Mission to Jupiter 360 Video (Narrated) - "Fly along with NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter. Turn on your sound to find out more about the planet, the mission and the spacecraft. Click and drag the view on your computer, or move your mobile device up and down and around to explore the entire 360-degree experience. This experience was made before Juno arrived at Jupiter on July 4 and uses mission animations. Note: Not all browsers support viewing 360 videos. YouTube supports playback of 360-degree videos on computers using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. Use the YouTube app to view it on a smart phone."


Augmented Reality (AR)

AR Google Expeditions

  • Periodic Table - "The periodic table was created by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. It was created to help categorize the known elements, ordering them by their atomic mass. The table also suggested that there were elements yet to be discovered by science. To date, scientists have discovered or created 118 different elements."
  • Planets & Their Moons - "A moon is a natural satellite that orbits around a planet. Over 150 moons orbit the planets within our solar system, with more being discovered as exploration continues. Moons are classified not by their size, but by their motion within space."
  • Plant Pollination - "Pollination is part of the reproductive cycle of flowering plants. Pollination refers to the process of pollen grains are transferred from a male flower to the reproductive section of the female flower. There are two types of pollination - self pollination and cross-pollination. Animal or wind assistance is needed during cross-pollination."
  • Space Science - "Humans have been exploring space for a very short amount of time. The progress made in less than 50 years is nothing short of incredible; people who watched the first man walk on the Moon may also live to see the first human walk on another planet. Much of the technology was developed during the so–called Space Race, a rivalry between the former Soviet Union and the United States to see who could get a person on the Moon first."
  • States of Matter (Mixtures and Solutions) - "Matter is the substance from which all observable phenomena in the universe are made— everything you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell is made of matter. The most basic units of matter are particles called quarks and leptons, which combine to form atoms. Atoms combine to form molecules."
  • Explore the Solar System
  • A Closer Look at Sharks
  • Earth Geology
  • Large Mammals

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