Gardner Bullis School Tries Quite Unusual 'Virtual Reality' in Classroom

School district is among first in country to try out this new 3-D program.

Gardner Bullis School. Patch file photo.
Gardner Bullis School. Patch file photo.
The STEM Lab (short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Gardner Bullis Elementary School in Los Altos is the site of an unusual class project that caught the attention of NBC Bay Area.

The Los Altos School District's pilot program for test zSpace, a learning tool that uses polarized glasses and a stylus to create an immersive educational experience, was featured on the news channel.

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James Thurber May 06, 2014 at 09:51 AM
As a Los Altos teacher I got to watch the students @ Gardner Bullis use the zSpace computers. They are amazing machines, albeit quite expensive. Although they are excellent at "dissecting" complex mechanical and biological items one might ask, "Are these truly useful for elementary school students or would they better employed by middle / high schoolers?" Watching a mid-air dissection of a human heart made me think of medical school students - not 4th graders. With continuing tight school budgets it's unlikely that most districts would find the monies to purchase the zSpace Learning Tool.


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