Cardboard isn’t just for playing games: also uses it in its Expeditions program to bring free virtual field trips to classrooms. On dnesday, the company announced that it’s exping the program rolling out two new Expeditions episodes, including a virtual tour of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, ndon’s Buckingham lace.
’s Cardboard Expeditions are designed to take kids— their teachers—to virtual, far away ls. There are more than 100 expeditions available, including tours of famous museums virtual walkthroughs of space. Current trips include places like the aforementioned, as well as Mars, Machu cchu, the Gr Canyon.
The virtual tours are available to classrooms that are already a part of the Expeditions oneer ogram. If you’re an educator or student interested in the program, you can sign up to get involved. If you’re interested in experiencing the virtual reality field trips you’re not an educator, you can find some of the tours via YouTube 360. Tours like the Buckingham lace’s Expedition also live on the their respective YouTube pages.
The story behind the story: ’s been incrementally exping its Expeditions program since it announced it at last year’s I/O developer conference. The hardware units, which included Asus smartphones a tablet for the teacher, plus a router to connect all the devices run the Expedition applications offline, began shipping in September 2015.
At present, the Expedition program has more than 500,000 students using it worldwide. It’s not only an amazing excuse for VR’s existence, but a way to travel see parts of the world you may never get to see in person. And with floundering school budgets, this free virtual reality program can help bring the wonder of werlust to kids all over the world.