Special Virtual Reality School Bus Rolling Through Minnesota

November 01, 2016 08:34 AM

Students in one Minnesota school district this Monday saw their lessons in a brand new way. The zSpace virtual reality school bus made a stop at Dakota County Technical College. zSpace is based in Sunnyvale, California. 

The bus has eleven virtual reality stations. Students wear virtual reality glasses and use a stylus to turn the two dimensional screen into virtual, live environments right before their eyes. 

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Students can grab objects on the screen and then pull them out towards them. They hold fragile or even microscopic objects in a three dimensional view. 

The students got to see layers of the earth, chambers of the human heart some even got to hold 3-D butterfly. 

"I got to play with a mechanical arm, take it apart, make it explode. I got to take out a heart, a beating heart, see inside it," said Riley Dahlheimer, who tried the virtual school bus for the first time. 

"Whether you are working on a diesel engine or dissecting a heart in anatomy, getting that hands on experience is always the best," said Pat Salstrand with zSpace Virtual Reality. 

Watch for the high tech school bus on the road this week. It has several more stops including Little Canada and Kimball this week. 


Lindsey Brown

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