zSpace Showcases New Immersive Science Education Platform for Primary and Secondary Students at BETT 2015
More than 15,000 Students will Learn with zSpace Science Labs Next Generation Virtual Reality Desktops and Educational Applications for Personalized Learning Experiences
SUNNYVALE, Calif. USA — In classrooms around the United States, students will have the ultimate immersive learning experience, dissecting human hearts, diving into volcanos and testing physics outcomes in Jupiter’s gravity. And they won’t have to worry about limited supplies or student safety when they learn with zSpace Science Labs. The next generation of immersive virtual technology developed by Silicon Valley company zSpace, Inc. delivers a futuristic hardware and software system that brings abstract concepts to life.
zSpace Science Lab
A zSpace Science Lab consists of a set of student virtual reality stations and a teacher station, each outfitted with a custom stylus as well as a wide variety of educational software. The system tracks head movements to provide the user with a personal and immersive virtual reality experience. Virtual holographic images can be “lifted” from the screen and manipulated with the stylus. Some applications provide multi-sensory feedback; for example, students working with a virtual heart can see the blood moving through it as well as feel it beating.
The zSpace Science Lab allows students to visualize, create and experience in ways not possible in a traditional computing environment. The package consists of 12 science stations, which include all the necessary hardware, peripherals, education software and training, including professional development for teachers. The education software crosses grade levels and subject areas, delivering standards aligned educational experiences.
Virtual Learning Applications
At BETT, zSpace will highlight partner applications including Cyber-Anatomy with CyberScience3Dand CyberAnatomy Med VR, Dassault Systèmessimulation and CAD software, Designmate3D education software and open source biomolecular modeling software, PyMoland Avogadro.
zSpace will also be showcasing new learning applications specifically designed to address 21st century learning challenges using project based learning. The applications being demonstrated include:
● zView, which allows users of zSpace to share an immersive virtual experience with an audience in real time. Teachers and students can present their zSpace projects in an effective, dramatic fashion to fellow students in the classroom.
● Newton’s Park, where students can build simulations, change gravity, stop and reverse time and gather data about the forces on the objects.
● Franklin’s Lab, allowing students to build virtual circuits and electromagnets, troubleshoot motors and ultimately build the electrical components to their own virtual robot.
● zSpace Gallery, a curated set of more than 500 3D models covering a wide range of subjects from architecture and history to engineering and zoology.
● zSpace Studio, an application that allows students to create a virtual world as they compare, analyze and explore rich models from the zSpace Gallery or models they create themselves in modeling software. Students can add labels to models, make annotations and take measurements. In addition, they can integrate multiple models to build a multidimensional scene and create video tours of their creations to share.
All zSpace software applications allow teachers to personalize activities by providing learning questions, creating hints, setting restrictions and choosing what appears in zSpace learning application environment.
“Last year, primary school students at Los Altos School District in California piloted zSpace with extraordinary results. Students were engaged with learning science concepts at a much deeper level, collaborating in teams and using critical thinking skills to solve complex challenges,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace. “That collaboration between students, teachers and our software developers informed the development of zSpace Science Labs, the next generation of our technology, which will make the virtual reality learning experience even more compelling and realistic.”
“We are excited to be incorporating zSpace Science Labs into our science classrooms,” said Beth Polito, superintendent of Woodside Elementary School District. “We believe this is just the beginning of a fundamental change to how students learn.”
zSpace will demonstrate its interactive educational platform in zSpace Hall/Stand D284, DesignMate Hall/Stand C352, and Cyber-Anatomy Hall/Stand C308 during BETT, 21 - 24, January 2015 in Excel London.
zSpace is a leading-edge technology provider that delivers a new way of learning with its flagship product, zSpace®. Focused on the learning market, specifically, science, technology, engineering, and math education, medical instruction, corporate training and research, zSpace inspires and accelerates understanding through immersive exploration. zSpace is a privately held, venture backed company located in Sunnyvale, CA, and has filed more than 30 patents for its innovative technologies. For more information, visitwww.zspace.com, or follow on Twitter @zspace.
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