Virtual Reality

Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen, our Virtual Reality expert and resource creator!

Virtual reality is the future!

Whether you’re exploring the Great Barrier Reef, flying through the Solar System or creating your own Universe, virtual reality offers endless possibilities in science education.

Imagine taking a class of children to the surface of Mars, allowing them follow the path taken by the Mars rovers or to climb up Olympus Mons. Or, how about going on a tour of CERN, the giant particle collider in Switzerland, without worrying accidentally walking in to a deadly beam of particles!

Virtual reality allows you to do all of this and much more, without having to leave your school or house. Virtual reality consists of a headset containing a screen, which when worn on your head, shows you a virtual world. As you move your head around, you look around the virtual world, with any objects appearing as real 3D objects in front of you!

At science made simple, we’re developing new apps and programs, that can be used in virtual reality to explore the world of physics, astronomy and science. Apps that will allow you to see where in the sky the latest stars have exploded as supernova, or to pull apart virtual models of space satellites and see what they do, or to even go on a virtual tour of the International Space Station.

We are currently developing apps for the Google Cardboard VR headset, which uses your mobile phone alongside the £10 headsets (search for Google Cardboard headset on Amazon or other websites) to create a VR headset. In the near future, we will be providing virtual reality workshops in schools. But in the mean time, you can download some of the Google Cardboard VR apps we have created and published so far form the Google Play Store. Click on the images below on your mobile phone, or search for the names of the apps in the Google Play Store.

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Our Solar System VR

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Our Universe In Light VR

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Rosetta and Philae VR