The project develops technology for teachers and students to share virtual worlds, and applies this to remotely-guided VR field trips.
“Kvasir-VR” injects live-streamed 3D teacher imagery into the VR views of immersed students, and integrates this with classroom-deployable VR stations. These were brought to schools in Lafayette, LA to teach solar energy concepts through field trips of a virtual solar plant. Intercity and intercontinental networked operation were also demonstrated, with network connections from Lafayette, LA to Austin, TX and to Adelaide, Australia. Kvasir-VR can provide the educational benefits of field trips and expert instruction when students cannot visit a real facility or expert in person, for example, due to geographic or scheduling constraints. Hundreds of students in Lafayette have been taught the basic concepts of solar energy production through deployment of the project. The Kvasir-VR framework could be integrated into numerous other educational or training applications.
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1451833.