Virtual Reality Workshops

science made simple is a developer of virtual reality (VR) content. As part of this, we are now offering a brand new workshop which allows students to experience what it is like to live and work as an astronaut on the International Space Station, all through the use of VR headsets.


ISS: VR Team Challenge

Schools Workshop – KS2 & KS3

ISS: VR Team Challenge is a workshop, suitable for years 5 to 8, which uses Virtual Reality (VR) to allow students to experience what it is like to be an astronaut on the International Space Station. Students work in groups of 3, with one student using the VR headset to take the role of the astronaut. Meanwhile, the other two students become ‘mission control’ and have a set of challenges to guide the astronaut on 6 missions, answering questions as they go. Students will rotate roles after each mission, giving every student the opportunity to experience each role. The VR element is supported by background information on the the ISS, the science performed on board and the problems that astronauts face. The workshop will develop curriculum based knowledge, as well as teamwork skills.

Learning Objectives

After taking part in the workshop Key Stage 2 pupils should:

  • Understand the role of the International Space Station in science and space exploration.
  • Learn about the equipment onboard the ISS and the difficulties associated with using them in the environment of space.
  • Learn about the science experiments which are undertaken on the ISS.
  • Learn to work as a team in order to solve problems.
  • Improve their communication skills

Duration

  • In a school – 1 session of 55-60 minutes (30 participants per session.)

Suggested audiences

  • 10 -13 year olds
  • Upper Key Stage 2 and lower Key stage 3

Group Size

  • In schools: 1 class (30 pupils). Class will work in groups of 3.

Health and Safety

  • Participants who have had, or could be prone to seizures, should consult a doctor before participating in the workshop
  • Participants who are prone to motion sickness may find it uneasy to use the VR part of the workshop. In this case, we will instruct them to only take the role of the Mission Controller, which does not use the VR headset.
  • The room should be large enough to seat the entire class. Students using the headset should be able to turn around in their chair without hitting other students.

We will need the venue to provide

  • Plenty of power sockets
  • 1 table per group of 3 students, including 3 chairs. There should be enough room for students to turn around in their chairs without hitting other students or furniture.
  • A projector
Note: All other equipment, including Virtual Reality headsets, will be provided by science made simple.
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