Virtual Reality: The future of science education and inspiration

Faculty: Dr. Alexandra Hain

This weeklong training program is designed to help teachers integrate naval engineering concepts into virtual reality (VR) experiences. Participants will use industry-leading tools, such as SketchUp, Oculus, and Unity, to gain a thorough understanding of 3D modeling and VR development. The course will cover the fundamentals of 3D modeling, VR development, and naval engineering concepts. Through hands-on activities and real-world applications, participants will gain a firm grasp of the topics covered. This program will also provide teachers with the opportunity to collaborate with peers to develop innovative and immersive VR experiences which engage students in naval engineering. By the end of the week, teachers will have the skills and knowledge necessary to integrate naval engineering concepts into their classroom curriculum.

Fellowships available: This workshop will be able to support twelve (12) teachers (up to $600 per participant will be covered by Navy STEM grant funds).

This workshop is highly recommended for Physics, Computer Science, Math, and General Science teachers.

Host Department Major: Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Alexandra Hain, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor

Director of UConn Navy STEM Education Program

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of Connecticut