Developed by The New York Times, the NYT VRapp for iOS and Android puts users at the center of stories in an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. From experiencing life through the eyes of a refugee, to climbing the spire of the World Trade Center with a professional mountaineer, or setting foot on the alien world of Pluto, the app brings users to places they couldn’t normally go. For the most immersive NYT VR experience, users can watch the VR films with Google Cardboard. However, they can also view the VR stories on their smartphones without Google Cardboard. The Times posts new virtual reality films every month or so. Cost: Free
The Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education at the University of California, Davis has launched RoboBlockly, a web-based robotsimulation that uses a simple puzzle-piece interface to program virtual Linkbot and LEGO robots.