Bringing advanced technology to government schools, the School Education Department, along with Chennai-based Meynikara, a virtual reality and augmented reality startup, launched virtual reality (VR) labs at five schools on Monday.
The virtual reality labs, called “Meta Kalvi”, will open as part of this initiative at three government schools and two business schools in the Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni Assembly constituency.
The inauguration of these labs took place on Metaverse, a shared virtual 3D environment. School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, MLA Udhayanidhi Stalin and MP Dhayanidhi Maran took part.
mr. Poyyamozhi said the department would like to provide STEM education to government schools and plans to distribute STEM kits in the coming months.
“The amount of immersive learning that VR brings will take it to the next level and make it fun and engaging for students,” said Ganesh Ram, director of Meynikara. By helping them visualize theoretical concepts, “Meta Kalvi” aims to improve the attention span and interest of the students.
“The five schools we will initially be working with have given us a room on their property. We are going to install 12 devices and a timetable has been set according to which students come to the lab,” said R. Raguraman, founder. “Over the next two months, teachers will be trained in how to use the devices. At the moment we have math and science classes in English and Tamil for students to experience through VR and we are also building a library for other subjects,” he said.
Students can create their own login IDs and have leaderboards to track their achievements. Teachers can conduct lab exams, give individual assignments and assess students.