The working group headed by Prof. Klaus Wendt from the Institute of Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is attending CEBIT 2018 to discuss the fascinating topic of "Teaching physics in the digital world - virtual reality experiments”". The group is looking at how to simulate complex school physics experiments in a 3D digital teaching format - with a little help from virtual reality. The aim is to enable schoolchildren to carry out experiments that are otherwise too complicated, dangerous or expensive to be conducted in the classroom.
The budding physicists will even be allowed to take challenging experiments "home" to better prepare or follow up on aspects they didn’t understand in class. According to JGU, the virtual reality experiments (VRE) can be conducted on any digital teaching device, such as tablets, interactive whiteboards, laptops or PCs. There are also plans to use the app for adult learners and at blended learning events hosted at JGU.
The VRE concept has already been honored on numerous occasions for its innovative prowess. In 2015, for example, the project was deemed a "Place of Excellence in the Land of Ideas" under the motto "City, Country, Network - Innovations for a Digital World". In the same year, the team was one of just 16 finalists in the EU’s Technology Enhanced Learning Leading to Unique Stories (TELL US) competition. Prior to this, in 2014, the project was also nominated for the German eLearning Innovation and Young Talent Award.