Few of us can say we’ve been to the site of a nuclear accident, and it’s highly unlikely any of us can jump back and forth through time. But that’s exactly what students of Crescent Girls’ School (CGS) will be doing as part of a new module titled Eco-lysis.
Co-created between CGS and Mixed Reality (MR) start-up Serl.io and built on the Microsoft HoloLens, the module lets students explore a virtual nuclear site that was roughly modeled on the Fukushima incident. Donning a HoloLens each, the students take on various roles in a team sent to explore the site, collecting samples to be analysed.
Jumping to a timeframe after the nuclear incident, students can then see how the area is affected. More samples can then be collected and analysed to get a better understanding of the full effects of nuclear fallout on an environment. Via the use of MR, students were also able to use advanced equipment that few organizations are able to provide, much less schools.
Educators at the 6th Digital Age Learning Conference (DLAC) will also get a chance to experience Eco-lysis for themselves, and the module will be rolled out as part of the Biology curriculum to about 180 Secondary Four students at CGS.
We had a short experience of Eco-lysis for ourselves, and must say it’s quite the immersive experience once you learn to navigate the "clicks". Certainly a more interesting way to learn a subject to say the least, as you can "look" around the area and observe advanced lab equipment. Given the immersive nature of learning, you can certainly see the technology applied to different subjects in the future. MR Shakespeare classics anyone?