A Hybrid course: Make VR + Learn in VR Only 1 session left! August 2-6, 1pm EST
At UniVirtual Academy, we provide students with an opportunity to develop new technology skills and rediscover academic subjects through the new medium of Virtual Reality. Together with peers from different US cities, students will work in small groups to create real and imaginary applications of newly acquired skills and knowledge. In every course, students will use Virtual Reality technology and storytelling as a pathway to improve the 4Cs: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. Using the 4Cs, students will not only gain an understanding of the subject matter but will also practice interdisciplinary skills necessary for college and career readiness.
In this unique camp, we are combining the immersive magic of learning in VR with practical skills of creating VR space and 3D objects. Every day, you will begin with learning the basics of Unity coding and Blender 3D modeling followed by the breathtaking Mission to Mars in our VR space.
By the end of the course you will be able to import a 3D object you created in our VR environment.
PART 1: 1 hour - coding session PART 2: 1 hour of live instruction in VR & 1 hour of group work guided by interns.
This course will be an introduction to creating a VR experience. During this course, you will receive the basic knowledge of how to create games and applications. You don’t need any programming experience to take this course.
It is a 2 in 1 class: You will learn the basics of Unity with C# to build VR applications. You also will learn how to create 3D models using Blender to use in your VR space.
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: Zoom ready PC (VR ready PC is recommended, but not required), Oculus Quest 2, USB cable, 3 button mouse.
ITINERARY: Introduction & setup, Unity Basics, C# Basics, Input > Output, Oculus Input, Blender Basics, 3D Modeling, Rigging, Animation, Export > Import, Show and tell.
DAILY PART 1: VR UNITY CODING AND BLENDER 3D MODELING
Mars has captured human imagination for centuries and has served as a setting for many science fiction novels. Scientists have looked to Mars as an unique resource, holding clues to the origin of the solar system as well as the potential for future colonization. Numerous autonomous satellites and rovers have been sent to the red planet. With each successful mission we learn more about our most accessible celestial neighbor.
Whether you dream of one day traveling to Mars or just want to learn more about our celestial neighbor, this course is for you. Did you know Mars is home to the largest volcano in the solar system? Or that it has a gigantic canyon 10 times wider and deeper than Earth’s Grand Canyon?
We will deep dive into Mars’ surface geography and unique tectonics, look at its ice caps, and talk about whether water was present on Mars before. We will also learn more about current explorations of Mars and how we may prepare for human travel there.
COURSE TAKEAWAYS: 1. Students will understand how Mars is similar to Earth and how it is unique and why scientists believe life is possible on Mars. 2. Students will learn about Mars’ historical and contemporary geography, tectonics, and chemical composition. 3. Students will become familiar with the current research and preparations for future Mars explorations, including those to send humans to Mars.