Virtual Reality in the Classroom
This special community event on "Virtual Reality in the Classroom" is part of the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series, co-sponsored by UC San Diego Extension and the San Diego Public Library. Two of the speakers are affiliated with the Qualcomm Institute.
Why just read about ancient Rome when you can walk the cobbled streets as if you were really there? That's the promise of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality in today's classrooms. While the idea of strapping on goggles to virtually visit the Colosseum or go inside a molecule sounds like the stuff of science fiction, the technology to do just that is becoming more popular and available every day. While there are plenty of obstacles -- from cost to teacher training -- that are impeding the growth of virtual reality as an educational tool, it offers considerable benefits. Not only can it boost visual and technology literacy, but it also improves students' attention and engagement.
To explore how this technology has the possibility of transforming K-12 education, a panel of educators and technologists will discuss both the promise and peril of using virtual reality in the classroom. The panel will be moderated by Scott Lewis, CEO of Voice of San Diego. Panelists will include: Qualcomm Institute research scientist and CSE associate adjunct professor Jurgen Schulze; UC San Diego NanoEngineering alumnus Steve McCloskey, CEO and Founder of Nanome, a startup located in QI's Innovation Space; Rodney Guzman, Co-founder, Director of Design and CEO of InterKnowlogy; and Julie A. Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. (See bios below)
About the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series
UC San Diego and the City of San Diego share a common purpose of inspiring and offering lifelong knowledge and skill development needs for the greater community. This innovative collaboration aims to connect diverse communities -- educators, civic leaders, industry and the general public- throughout the city, ensuring equity and excellence and helping develop a vital talent pipeline to foster our ongoing regional prosperity. Four panel presentations will be held throughout the year. An awards gala is planned in 2018 to honor outstanding contributors to STEAM education.
Scott Lewis, CEO, Voice of San Diego (Moderator)
Jürgen Schulze, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, UCSD's Qualcomm Institute, and Associate Adjunct Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Steve McCloskey, CEO & Founder, Nanome Inc.
Rodney Guzman, Co-Founder, CEO, and Director of Design, InterKnowlogy
Julie A. Evans, Ed.D., CEO, Project Tomorrow
Networking hour and event registration: $15.00
*Registration is Required