Imagine a high school student in your district. Her class is learning about muscles, but instead of watching a video or reading about it in a book, she can move a virtual arm and see an exposed bicep muscle contract. Are engines her thing? She can safely experiment with a virtual torque wrench in a mechanics class. It sounds powerful, doesn’t it? Not to mention effective.Michael Carbenia thinks so. That’s one of the many reasons the Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Florida’s St. Lucie Public Schoolshas worked tirelessly to add augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology to his CTE classes over the past 12 months.
Formerly known as vocational and technical classes, CTE programs like St. Lucie’s are increasingly viewed as a pathway to provide students with the hands-on skills industry and businesses say they need in new employees. For students, the real-life experiences gained using AR—where digital information overlays their actual surroundings—and VR—where they are completely immersed in a digital setting—are captivating. How AR and VR Prepare Students for