This week scholars from Challenge Charter Middle School went on various field trips around the world. These global field trips did not require a permission slip, or a change of clothes, and our scholars did not even leave their seats. That’s because our scholars experienced virtual reality using Google’s latest product, Google Cardboard. Challenge Charter Middle School was lucky to be able to pilot the Google Expeditions program as the only Queens Charter school to date.
From swimming with sharks in the ocean, to flying into space and landing on the moon, to exploring the Amazon Rainforest, CCMS scholars were guided by Mr. Strumwasser, Ms. Cummings, and Ms. Bilbao, who were trained by Google’s Matt Murphy. According to Google “Expeditions are collections, scenes or virtual reality panoramas — 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video — annotated with details, highlights, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.”
Expeditions teams will visit selected schools around the world, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Denmark. Each team will bring a complete Expeditions kit with everything the teachers need to take their students on journeys anywhere. In addition, for only 20 dollars, scholars can use their own smartphones to take a trip around the world from the comfort of their own homes. For more information on this new program please visit: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/