Education & Outreach
Virtual reality in education and outreach
Matthew Allen
Space Made Simple
2016 will see the release of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the first generation of Virtual Reality headsets. Along with Google Cardboard, the cheaper entry level alternative, Virtual Reality is set to make a huge impact in computing and gaming. However, there are also huge opportunities to integrate VR with education and outreach.
Virtual Reality allows anyone to explore virtual worlds and scenes that might otherwise be inaccessible. An entire class of children in Africa can walk around CERN, a local astronomy society can explore the Solar system and a parent and child can go on a tour of the International Space Station together in their own home. Virtual Reality is making the whole Universe very accessible.
We at Space Made Simple are developing a number of VR apps and programs, as part of several projects including ExoMars and Gaia Alerts, which will be used in schools and at public events.
In this talk I will give a brief background on Virtual Reality and discuss some of the possible uses of it in education and outreach. I will do some live demonstrations of the work we have done so far with a number of the Google Cardboard headsets. Finally, I will discuss some of the VR projects we have completed, those under way and possible projects and uses of VR we are looking to do in the future.


09:00 - 10:30
EX - C33 (150)