Grant brings virtual reality learning to Middletown Schools

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Oakwood students and virtual reality class

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Middletown City Schools has been awarded a $12,224 grant from the Middletown Community Foundation for a new Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality course.

At the Aug. 27 Middletown Board of Education meeting, Chris Urso, MCSD Bthe oard President, accepted a $12,224 check from the Middletown Community Foundation. The grant funds will go towards Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) devices for the new AR/VR course being offered at the Middletown High School, Makerspace at the Middletown Middle School, and to provide all students with the opportunity to engage and learn from a virtual reality experience.

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“The Virtual Reality devices will be used in a variety of ways, a couple of which are to help the Middletown students experience places and things they would otherwise never get to experience, such as visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris or analyzing the human heart in 3D. The VR technology will allow the high school students to learn how to code the experiences,”said Melissa Prohaska, MCSD Technology and Digital Coordinator.

Middletown City School District, in an intense effort to level the playing field for all learners, is implementing a modernized strategic technological plan that includes increased digital learning experiences. The leaders of the district will introduce virtual reality to the curriculum, providing students with virtual experiences and coding instruction.

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