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Collaborating with ISU to develop Virtual Tours
Posted by Morgan White on July 31, 2020
Matt Hagamann from Illinois State University (ISU) is leading a team to develop a Virtual Tour of the University of Illinois Solar Farms. In a July 2020 email, he explained:
"Our project is funded through the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation, whose goal is to "address the human and community sides of energy and the electric grid," in our case through energy literacy programs. Our current programs reach up to 25,000 students each year, but we're working on some digital resources which we hope will expand our impact.
The digital project I would like to collaborate with your office on is a virtual reality project, where we expose students to technology, sustainability, and careers through an immersive experience. We're targeting both a full VR experience as well as a more limited experience designed for smartphones.
Our goal is to help students explore someplace they wouldn't normally have access to, in this case a solar farm. After recording some footage using a 360-degree camera, we can let students explore that environment, read some virtual signage, then "tap" some workers on the shoulder in order to learn more about their job."