Join students Sophie, Tomás, Emma, and Marcus during Fifth Period! This STEM comic strip chronicles the exciting and often hilarious adventures of a close-knit group of four friends as they learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from their kooky, inspiring, off-the-wall science teacher, Mr. Kepler. When they're not in class, these kids love to explore the vast world of STEM on their own, launching weather balloons, programming computer games, and cataloging insects, sometimes with unpredictable and highly entertaining results!
Check back on the first and third Friday of every month for a new Fifth Period strip!
Get Real, Tomás!
Ahh, to see the world through Tomás’ eyes! It looks like he got ahold of a virtual reality (VR) device that creates a projection on top of the real world. He can explore this virtual world because it completely encompasses his field of vision, making it a fully immersive experience. If only Marcus knew!
It may seem futuristic, but scientists and technologists have actually been working with VR technology for many years. In fact, VR has some very important applications today: Check out these British soldiers learning how to parachute using VR. They get the same experience (sort of) but with 100% less danger! And it doesn’t stop there—the same technology is used to train soldiers in combat tactics.
Of course, VR is also great for being creative! Video game developers are embracing VR for the next generation of gaming—have you heard of the Oculus Rift? Pretty soon, everyone could have access to immersive cyber worlds!
Think about it!
If you could create a virtual world, what would it be like? What kinds of things would you be able to do? What dangerous or difficult task could you teach using VR?