Playful Engagement with Chemistry Lab Equipment in Virtual Reality
HoloLAB Champions is an immersive virtual reality lab practice game show created by Schell Games with support of the Institute of Education Sciences (part of the US Department of Education) and the Small Business Innovation Research program. In the game, students interact with their holographic host, Earl, and camera-bot sidekick, Meyer, who guide them through a series of mini-labs that lead up to a final lab challenge. To complete the mini-labs and earn trophies, students must perform actual measurements correctly. The Training Mode allows students to hone their skills in a free-form setting. HoloLAB Champions is available for free to educators. A freely downloadable Classroom Guide helps teachers to implement this virtual reality lab experience in their classroom.
When I was in fifth grade, I remember my teacher showing us pictures from his summer European travels. It was amazing to me to see such incredible structures like the Eiffel Tower and the Roman Colosseum. Our teacher did a wonderful job of sharing what these locations were like but I remember wishing I was there.
Since Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland debuted in 1865, the fantastical tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in an alternative universe has inspired countless retellings. From rabbit holes to mirrors, flamingoes to hedgehogs, Wonderland is the perfect world for virtual reality.