This past week, people all over the United States were excited about viewing a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Tourists flocked to the path of totality, solar glasses were sold out everywhere, and people spent at least a few minutes doing something they usually never do - staring at the sun.
Prior to the eclipse, educators were busy preparing their students for the event. Some educators read articles, watched videos, or created models to help their students to better understand why the solar eclipse was happening. Other innovative educators took it a step further by using mixed reality to give their students a hands-on learning experience.
Mixed reality - a combination of virtual and augmented reality - is a great platform for helping students (and learners of all ages) learn about a topic like a solar eclipse. Students are easily able to manipulate variables like the sun, earth, and moon to really understand the science behind the eclipse. Total coverage may have only lasted a matter of minutes during the actual eclipse, but with mixed reality, students can replay the eclipse over and over again. And if the students were in an area that was too cloudy or not in the path of totality, they were still able to experience the full solar eclipse in a virtual world.
“This is only one of the many ways that learning with mixed reality expands students’ world view and brings experiences into the classroom that were never before possible,” said Elizabeth Lytle, director, education & product experience, zSpace.
Read more about how some educators used zSpace mixed reality to teach about and prepare their students for the solar eclipse in this press release.