At the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, Mount Carmel became the only high school in New Orleans to offer zSpace, a virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) educational program. Since then, students in biology and anatomy have been moving and manipulating immersive images in their classes, gaining a more engaging and deeper understanding of their subjects. The next phase of expansion into other areas recently began with zSpace training for chemistry, physics, and physical science teachers.
Two new programs will provide additional virtual playgrounds that promote discovery through experimentation. The chemistry teachers learned about a new zSpace program called VIVED Chemistry. The periodic table will come to life as students explore electron configurations and build atoms, among other things. In physics and physical science, a program called Newton’s Park will provide opportunities for students to build simulations, change gravity, and stop and reverse time while gathering data to further their comprehension of Newtonian mechanics. The teachers were also able to explore the programs currently in use by biology and anatomy classes.
Other programs for additional academic subjects will be introduced in the future.