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zSpace offers a new look at the world

The zSpace mobile classroom, combining augmented reality and virtual reality, visited two Lee’s Summit schools before the academic year concluded in May.

The encounter allowed students at Bernard Campbell Middle School and Mason Elementary to experience STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in an exciting way through exploration and experiential learning.

Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment supplemented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.

Students interacted with the zSpace computers using a stylus and tracking glasses, allowing them to lift and manipulate virtual objects from the screen and better understand the science behind it. Unlike other virtual reality solutions, such as head-mounted displays, zSpace allows interaction and group collaboration.

Students also “learn by doing” in an arena where it is easy to undo mistakes or make changes — without worrying about safety or cleanup.