One of the many uses virtual reality (VR) technology is being put to is education, covering a great swath of subjects whether its for children just beginning to learn a subject or adults mastering one. For the youngsters MEL Science has today launched a new virtual reality (VR) app called MEL Chemistry VR, focused just on the science subject.
With MEL Chemistry VR, the app lets users access a multitude of lessons, all of which cover the main K-12 curriculum topics, and are designed to be used at home or in the classroom, with a special version for educators coming out soon. For the launch the first six lessons are free to download: Atoms in Solids, Atoms in Gases, Atom Structure, Electron Orbitals, Isotopes and Orbital Names, all giving a basic understanding of chemistry.
Supporting the Google Daydream head-mounted display (HMD) users will be taken into a virtual lab where they can choose what they want to learn then dive into a world only possible in VR. They’ll be able to get right down to the molecular level to see atoms, witness chemical reactions and see how these building blocks of life all fit together.
Kids will be able to disassemble an atom, seeing its fundamental protons, neutrons and electrons, or they can create their own, all using th eGoogle Daydream controller. The app will also test their knowledge, asking questions on what they’ve just learnt.
MEL Science has kept the lessons short and informative, running between three to seven minutes in length. “After 3-7 minutes, a child’s ability to keep absorbing new information drops,” states the compnay. “But during these minutes, their attention is complete and their learning is intense.”
At launch MEL Chemistry VR will have around 30-50 lessons, rising to 80-150 in 2018. The demo is available now with the full release coming later this year.
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