At Penn State, Field Trips Go Virtual

Students at Pennsylvania State University taking introduction to geoscience have for decades piled into a bus and driven 12 miles to study the Bald Eagle sedimentary rock formation.

Last year, a team at the university built a representation of the formation through 3-D modeling and a 360-degree camera to take students on a virtual field trip without leaving the classroom. To the surprise of the professors, students who went on the virtual field trip did better on a test than their classmates who went on the real thing.


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