Student plans VR to bring Physics to life

Year 12 student Robin Nowlan is studying Level 2 Digital Technology. He is developing a Level 3 passion project that combines his interest in Virtual Reality (VR) with Physics. Read on to discover how his innovative and creative plans may one day lead to new ways to teach and learn about Physics.

“Virtual Reality is an amazing, emerging technology which I believe has unlimited potential. As a result of COVID-19 lockdown, I observed how technology can be utilised for education and this helped to inspire me.

I am making a system and tool for Virtual Reality to simulate Physics experiments and concepts. It is my hope the system will provide greater understanding, with the help of a more immersive experience, compared to current teaching experiences. I have found drawing diagrams and formulas on a whiteboard does not completely express the entire concept within Physics because it  lacks scale and a real world connection.

My goal is to simulate and create visualisations of how Physics works within our world and how it relates to the formulas. The user, whether it be an educator or student, would be able to interact with a virtual world and create, destroy and observe. My system will ideally simulate collisions, momentum, projectiles and energy.

Eventually, I want to be able to expand this concept to the entire Physics curriculum and perhaps take it even further in Science. My project will be challenging but hopefully it can be used to teach and inspire others within the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).”

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