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VictoryVR SDA

Grade Levels: Middle School , High School

PROGRAM FEATURES

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PROGRAM FEATURES


VictoryVR modules and the experiences within each transport students to a variety of places that will deepen their understandings of science. Virtual reality supports the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) standards by designing and developing digital learning experiences to facilitate and improve learning, communication and collaboration, creativity and innovation, information and technology literacy, daily attendance and test scores. 

 

ByDesign and VictoryVR Unit Correlations:

Life Science

Physical Science

Earth and Space

Engineering

 

There are six topics for grade five modules, each covering a specific NGSS topic.

Physical Science:

  • Properties of Matter 

    Pan for gold in North Carolina where gold was first discovered. Students get a glimpse of an 1895 gold mill in action while learning about the properties of gold with host, Steve Grubbs at the Reed Gold Mine. The Mohs scale, ratings to determine mineral hardness are addressed in this field trip.

    In the interactive experience Racing for Answers, students are motivated to learn as they drive their virtual race car around the track. Each lap presents a new prompt based on unit content. As they drive, racers are presented with sets of answer options. In order to tag the correct answer, they move the car to the left or right (by turning their heads) to run over their selection. The more correct answers they drive over, the higher score they will earn. Racers select their driving speed for a comfortable pace.

    Energy & Matter are the focus in theater with these topics covered: concepts of matter, molecules & phases, properties of solids, liquids & gases, and chemical reactions to distinguish substances.

    In the virtual comic book The First Lady of Physics, topics include a biography of Chien Shiun Wu’s life, concepts of particle accelerator, atomic research, and weak forces as well as Chien Shiun Wu’s contributions to the field of physics.

Life Science:

  • Ecosystems
    Students go inside the Quad City Botanical Center in Illinois to talk about ecosystems and the interdependence of humans and plants during a field trip. Surrounded by lush flora and standing inches away from a koi pond, the movement of matter among living organisms is addressed. 

    In the interactive experience Boulder Roll, students stand atop a virtual hill in the VictoryVR Valley as ogres charge toward them. By rolling boulders down the hill, the ogres are pushed back, allowing students to earn more time to make it to the finish. Rolling boulders is easy, but to get enough of them to conquer the ogres, students must correctly respond to rapid-fire questions based on the unit.

    Energy & Matter are the focus in theater 1 with these topics covered: concepts of photosynthesis and plant respiration, producers vs. consumers and carnivores, decomposers, herbivores and omnivores.

    Theater 2 focuses on Endangered Species with topics covered including: concepts of ecosystems, endangered species and extinction; highlights of regulation and legislation to help address preservation issues.

    Students go Hydroponic Farming with Wendy during the teacher demo. Students learn about plants' needs (without soil) as well as benefits and purpose of hydroponic farming.


Earth & Space:

  • Systems of the Earth
    Students travel to the Muir Woods National Monument in California in this field trip while their host Steve Grubbs stands amongst the giant Redwood trees and highlights their characteristics. 

    Escape Castle is the interactive experience. Here students start deep within the VictoryVR Castle that rests on a remote island. The goal is to escape the castle and reach the outside, but at each door stands a troll blocking the exit. To make it past the troll in each room, students accurately respond to a question or puzzle. An incorrect answer provides students another opportunity at the prompt. After three wrong responses, the game resets.

    Sea & Sky is the focus in theater 1. Topics covered include: characteristics of the different atmospheric layers, composition of the hydrosphere and freshwater vs. saltwater. 

    The topic for theater 2 is Where We Live that covers characteristics and importance of the biosphere and geosphere; biomes and protecting the environment.

    In the teacher demo Cleaning Water with Wendy students learn about the process of cleaning water and the three main phases of water treatment. 

     
  • America's Lakes & Rivers
    2013 CNN Hero of the Year Award Winner Chad Pregracke meet students in the Living Lands & Waters field trip, on his barge along the Ohio River. Chad discusses how he began cleaning America's waterways, it's overall impact on the environment and how anyone can get involved in keeping water clean.

    Students get to view the wonders of Nahant Marsh in Iowa in another field trip while learning the importance of wetlands and the plants, birds and wildlife that inhabit them. Hosts Amy Loving and Brian Ritter discuss the 255-acre preserve and show off a couple of its natives in detail: a Bullsnake and a Blanding's Turtle.

    The Importance of Water in theater 1 covers stages of water cycle, sources of water and water's role in the world. 

    Human Impact on Water in theater 2 discusses the crisis of Lake Erie pollution and restoring the lake and conservation and responsibility. 

    In the teacher demo Water Cycle with Wendy, water as finite resource and process of water cycle are topics.

     
  • Light & Shadow
    Students take a seat on the lawn at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse while their host, Steve Grubbs, reveals a bit of history about this iconic landmark. On this field trip, students learn about the Bortle Scale, the causes of shadows, and the history and purpose of lighthouses in general.

    In the interactive experience Word Search, students stand in a 360 cylinder with letters spanning the floor to ceiling. Hidden within the mass of letters are terms from the lessons they experience in this unit. By staring at the first letter of a vocabulary word, students start a yellow line that runs across a word as they move their head. Once students get to the last letter, they pause and allow the word to be fully highlighted and checked off the list.

    In the virtual comic book Brought Together by the Stars students explore the concept of gravitational pull, great comets as well as discuss the biographies of Tycho Brahe & Johannes Kepler and their influences on astronomy.

    Sun, Stars, & Earth theater covers topics in relation to the daily changes in length & direction of shadows. In addition, students experience the seasonal appearance of stars.

    Students learn about the visibility of stars, and characteristics of the sun and constellations in the Teacher Demo Stargazing with Wendy.

 

Engineering:

  • Engineering Design: Process
    In this module, during the field trip, a scientific scenario is walked through with a process based on the alleged UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico. Shot on location, a brief overview of the controversy and systematically ticks off each step of the scientific method in an effort to determine what happened. 

    In the interactive experience Sort the Scientific Process, students perform an activity where they sequence the scientific method process against a list of descriptors. By affixing each step's label to the correct definition of the scientific process, students can successfully complete the game.

    Cultures is the focus in theater 1 with engineering design process, purpose of science and famous scientists highlighted.

    Theater 2 focuses on Way of Knowing covering scientific method steps, importance of science and concept of models as topics. 

    Wendy Martin does an Egg Drop Experiment for the teacher demo. Topics covered for this are trial and error concept and engineering design process demo.

 

There are six topics for grade six modules, each covering a specific NGSS topic.

Physical Science:

  • Molecular Interaction
    On the field trip Backyard Bonfire, Host Steve Grubbs demonstrates a couple of different chemical reactions through fire and toasting marshmallows. His controlled firepit burn exemplifies the law of mass conversation while reinforcing fire safety.

    During the interaction experience Boulder Roll, students stand on top of a snowy peak on the VictoryVR Mountain as ogres charge toward them. By rolling boulders down the hill, the ogres are vanquished, allowing students to earn more time to make it to the finish. Rolling boulders is easy, but to get enough of them to conquer the ogres, students must correctly respond to rapid-fire questions based on the unit.

    In the virtual comic book Mario Molina students explore the biography of chemist Mario Molina, his research with lasers and his discovery of CFC's impact on the environment.

    In the journey When Molecules Meet, students explore the distinction between protons, electrons and neutrons; 4 types of chemical reaction and endothermic vs. exothermic.

    In the teacher demo Flame Testing with Wendy, flame testing demonstrations of different metals will take place and the concept of thermal energy transfer will be explored.


Life Science:

  • Molecules to Organisms
    Wash your worries away at the theraphy dog clinic along with Gizmo and his handler, Katie Grant, licensed psychotherapist. Learn about the effects of biochemicals, specifically oxytocin, and how its varying levels affect our nervous system. Gain a better understanding of theraphy dogs and their positive impact for humans, particularly after traumatic and stressful events. 

    In the interaction experience Cell Tour, step into a laboratory with a 10-foot human cell that slowly rotates, revealing its many parts. Interacting with this animated virtual cell, students get to see the sizes, shapes, and scales of the interworking components. The various functions of cell parts and how they interact with each other are revealed by brief pop-ups that appear as students stare at any of the brightly-colored elements. 

    In Theater 1 Cell City topics covered include: cell parts, structure and function; DNA vs. RNA and cell and systems synergy. In Theater 2 How We Work, body systems and connection and complexity of body systems are covered.

    In the teacher demo Exploring Organs with Wendy, characteristics of cells, tissue types, body systems and mamals heart, kidney and brain are the topics covered.

 

  • Reproduction of Organisms
    Students take a field trip to Nahant Marsh Apiary. The site is abuzz with facts and other information about the current conditions for bees. Host Steve Grubbs reveals threats to the bee population, such as Colony Collapse Disease, as well as Varroa Mite. Find out what is being done to combat these issues.

    In the interactive experience Word Search, students stand in a 360 cylinder with letters spanning the floor to ceiling. Hidden within the mass of letters are terms from the lessons they experience in this unit. By staring at the first letter of a vocabulary word, students start a yellow line that runs across a word as they move their head. Once students get to the last letter, they pause and allow the word to be fully highlighted and checked off the list.

    The virtual comic book Animal Reproduction covers topics such as external vs. internal fertilization, process of sexual reproduction including courtship, mating, fertilization and offspring.

    In the Plant Reproduction journey students explore the concepts of vegetative propagation, sporogenesis, fragmentation, self-fertilization, and apomixis in addition to asexual vs. sexual reproduction.

    Students learn about the purpose and function of fish hatcheries and optimal breeding conditions for Walleye in the ​Teacher Demo Fishing with Wendy.


Earth & Space:

  • Geologic Changes
    A field trip to Tent Rocks, New Mexico is part of this module. Students hear a brief overview of its origin. The concept of soil composition and different types of soil are discussed with special emphasis on decomposition. 

    The interactive experience Word Search motivates students as they learn to drive their virtual race car around the track. Each new lap presents a new prompt based on unit content. As they drive around the track, racers are presented with answer options. In order to tag the correct one, they move the car to the right or left lanes accordingly and run over their selection. Choosing the correct answer scores points; selecting the wrong one deducts them. 

    Surface Changes in theater 1 explores the Earth's evolution and Pangaea, continental plates.

    Theater 2 is about Geology and Our Planet including: Earth's layers, 3 rock types and Earth's formation, fossils.

    Spelunking with Wendy, the teacher demo touches on the composition of rocks, caves (types and formation) and cave safety.

 

  • Forecasting Disaster 
    In this module, students will find themselves immersed in the Scott County Landfill learning how garbage impacts our environment. Questions such as "where does the garbage go?" and "what shouldn't be thrown into the trash," will be answered. 

    Banana Breakout is an interactive experience similar to a traditional single-player pong gone, but in this version, the student aims bananas at correct answers at a proposed question. Monkeys hold the correct responses and if "fed," will increase the student's score. Tigers hold incorrect answers, and if they receive bananas, the student's score will decrease. Students begin with 3 lives, only losing one each time they miss catching the bananas. The goal of this interactive game is to play through as many levels of increasing speed before all lives are lost, building a maximum score.

    In the virtual comic book The Life & Times of John Dalton topics covered include the biography of John Dalton and meteorology and color-blindness research.

    In the theater Climate Change cause of effect of greenhouse gases is a topic covered as well as natural vs. man-made causes of climate change as well as humans impact on the environment.

    The teacher demo Blizzards with Wendy the science behind conditions of snowstorms including the Great Blizzard of 1978 and effects of storms on society are discussed.

Engineering:

  • Engineering Design: Delimiting

    A field trip to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina is part of this module. Students fly a kite with host, Steve Grubbs as he demonstrates the Wright Brothers’ success with flying along the airstrip where they took their first ride. Tracing their path and attempts at modern flight, students learn how the brothers used the delimiting process to design a safe and successful airplane.

    The interactive experience Escape Castle motivates students as they try to escape the remote castle and reach the gates. To escape the castle, students must make it past the troll in each room by accurately responding to a question or puzzle. An incorrect answer provides students another opportunity at the prompt.  

    In theater 1 students explore the idea of trial and error in science, and are provided examples of paper airplane construction toward improvement.

    The Importance of Failure in theater 2 continues the topic of trial and error and provides additional examples of paper airplane construction toward improvement.

    Students learn challenges of Ferris wheel construction as well as the definition and demonstration of delimiting in the Teacher Demo Spinning with Wendy.

 

There are five topics for grade seven modules, each covering a specific NGSS topic.

Physical Science:

  • Energy
    In the field trip to Stinson Beach, California, kinetic energy and mass, as well as wave movement caused by heat and wind - all while standing on the sandy shores of a central California coast, will be addressed.

    Word Search is the interactive experience. Based on a traditional word search, students stand in a 360 degree cylinder with letters spanning the floor to the ceiling. Hidden within the mass of letters are terms from the lessons they experience in this unit. By staring at the first letter of a vocabulary word, they start a yellow line that runs across a word as they move their head. Once students get to the last letter, they pause and allow the word to be fully highlighted and checked off the list.

    Transformation of Energy in theater 1 covers these topics: three types of energy transfer (conduction, radiation and convection); 6 forms of energy and potential vs. kinetic energy.

    Electric & Gravitational Fields in theater 2 covers the distinction between mass and weight; gravitational vs. magnetic fields and concepts of force, fields and gravity.

    In the teacher demo Kitchen Physics with Wendy, Wendy works through a series of demos that exemplify unit standards (making a magnet and a catapult; lighting a bulb in the microwave with salt water; erupting soda with Mentos). 


Life Science:

  • Genes & Inheritance
    Students visit Cinnamon Ridge Farm, a mechanized dairy farm, in the field trip. Here, farm owner John Maxwell discusses modern farming practices. The topics of selective breeding, robotic farming, and plant/fruit crossbreeding are reviewed. 

    In the interactive experience, Escape Castle, learners start well within the VictoryVR Castle that rests on a remote island. The goal is to escape the castle, and reach the gates, but at each door stands a troll blocking the exit. To make it past the troll in each room, students accurately respond to a question or puzzle. An incorrect answer provides students another opportunity at the prompt.

    The virtual comic book Rosalind Franklin, topics include highlights from Franklin's life and contributions toward the discovery of double helix DNA.

    Biological Blueprints in theater 2 covers asexual vs. sexual reproduction as well as concepts of genetic code, genes, gene modification and mutation.

    In Blood Drive with Wendy teacher demo, characteristics and symptoms of sickle cell anemia are reviewed as well as process and benefits of gene therapy. 

     
  • Food as Energy

    Students take a field trip to a gym interior to perform an experiment on two athletes with host, Steve Grubbs. Students learn the effects of food on the human body, in particular, muscle-building. In the experiment students compare two similar athletes and workouts, along with beverage variables to see how they affect our bodies when used as an energy source.  

    In the interactive experience Boulder Roll students stand atop a snowy peak as ogres charge up toward them. By rolling boulders down the hill, the ogres are vanquished, allowing students to earn more time to make it to the finish. Rolling boulders is easy, but to get enough of them to conquer the ogres, students must correctly responds to rapid-fire questions based on the unit.

    Cellular Respiration is the focus for theater 1. The topics include the cellular respiration process as well as Mitochondria, ATP, pyruvate, glycolysis, and Krebs cycle detailed.

    In theater 2, students learn about Human Digestion with topics of the digestive stages and how food becomes useful to the body.

    Students learn about food web relationships, energy transfer, hunting behaviors of apex predators (lions), and the physical characteristics and diet of giraffes in the Teacher Demo Feasting with Wendy.


Earth & Space:

  • The Sun & Solar System
    Students take a field trip to Apache Point Observatory, where Observatory Site Manager Mark Klaene guides students through the inside of the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) 3.5M Telescope - where the public is not allowed to go. Students learn how the telescope and lens function while watching the apparatus prepare for use. 

    Students explore our solar system by viewing planets, Sun and moon at their own pace, from the vantage point of being in space in the interactive experience Traveling Our Solar System. When students stare at any significant structure for 3 seconds, a pop-up list of characteristics and facts about that particular body appears.

    Sun, Earth and Moon in theater 1 explore gravity, mass, orbits; Earth's axis and impact on hemispheres, seasons and Sun and moon: lunar phases and eclipses.

    Planets of Our Solar System in theater 2 explores planets' sequence and characteristics and scale properties of objects in the solar system.

    In Planets with Wendy Martin, planet characteristics and scale properties and rotation of planets are discussed.


Engineering:

  • Engineering Design: Solutions
    MThis field trip takes students to a sunny solar farm in New Mexico. Discussions revolve around how solar panels work. The goals and benefits of solar energy and why it's optimal for the Southwest are revealed too. Students also learn about the types of education and experience typical for people who pursue a career along th is pathway.

    In the interactive experience Racing for Answers students are motivated to learn as they drive their virtual race car around the track. Each lap presents a new prompot based on a new prompt based on unit content. As they drive around the track, racers are presented with sets of answer options. In order to tag the correct answer, they move the car to the right or left to run over their selection. The more correct answers they drive over, the higher score they will earn. 

    In theater 1 George Washington Carver is the topic and highlights of his life are reviewed as are soil depletition and crop rotation.

    In theater 2 Finding Solutions topics covered include: overview or process and solution stages and concepts of ideation, conceptualization and design phases.

    Topics of aerodynamics and horsepower and 3 cars race using different variables are touched on during the teacher demo Drag Racing with Wendy.

 

There are seven topics for grade eight modules, each covering a specific NGSS topic.

Physical Science:

  • Forces & Interactions
    A field trip to Lombard Street in San Francisco discusses Newton's Laws of Motion. Specifically addressing Law #2, a basketball is used on this steep street to illustrate the concepts of gravity, force and motion.

    Simple Machines: Classify the Machine is an interactive experience where students play a game in which they identify common objects as one of the six different simple machine types. There are four examples of each machine category (24 total images). Students will select each one and place it in the appropriate simple machine box. If they are correct, a light turns green; if they are incorrect, a light turns red and they have an opportunity to continue trying to successfully make the matches.

    In theater 1, Forces in Motion, topics covered include: Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, 6 categories of simple machines and concepts of gravity, friction, force, speed and motion.

    In theater 2, Isaac Newton, Newton's biography, as well as theory and contributions to the science community are covered.

    In the teacher demo, Wendy Martin: Game of Billiards, topics reviewed include: Newton's 3 Law's of Motion, bowling ball vs. pool ball and concepts of collision, momentum, acceleration and force.

     
  • Synthetic Materials
    More information coming soon.

 

  • Waves

    Trek through the woods with host, Steve Grubbs, for a peek at the Very Long Base Array telescope nestled among the trees. In this field trip, students learn about analog vs digital waves and signals as they explore this radio scope to get the best angular view of the universe.

    In the interactive experience Boulder Roll students stand atop a snowy peak as ogres charge up toward them. By rolling boulders down the hill, the ogres are vanquished, allowing students to earn more time to make it to the finish. Rolling boulders is easy, but to get enough of them to conquer the ogres, students must correctly responds to rapid-fire questions based on the unit.

    In the virtual comic book Hedy Lamarr & Frequency Hopping, students learn about the biography of Hedy Lamarr as well as concepts of frequency hopping and its various applications.

    In theater, Waves are Everything, students explore the purpose and types of waves, and the concepts of frequency, amplitude, and wavelength.

    Analog vs digital signals, signal mediums, and the definition of bandwidth are covered in the Teacher Demo Waving with Wendy.

 

Life Science:

  • Biological Evolution

    Bask on the sunny banks of Nags Head Beach, North Carolina with host, Steve Grubbs. In this field trip, students learn about natural selection and adaptation. At a cordoned off area protecting endangered sea turtle eggs, Steve discusses which reproductive habits these turtles employ to try and preserve their species.

    In the interactive experience Racing for Answers, students are motivated to learn as they drive their virtual race car around the track. Each lap presents a new prompt based on unit content. As they drive, racers are presented with sets of answer options. In order to tag the correct answer, they move the car to the left or right (by turning their heads) to run over their selection. The more correct answers they drive over, the higher score they will earn. Racers select their driving speed for a comfortable pace.

    Consider the Whale is theater 1 that covers topics including the evolution of whales, fitness, adaptation, competition, and natural selection.

    In the virtual comic book Charles Darwin, students learn about Darwin’s experiences and discoveries aboard the HMS Beagle and dive into Darwin’s theories of natural selection and evolution.


Earth & Space:

  • Atmospheric & Oceanic Circulation

    Witness tidal forces and influences while standing in the surf with host, Steve Grubbs. As waves lag along the shoreline, students learn about the cycling of water through Earth’s systems, the hydrologic cycle, and about the mystery of the Lost Colony at Roanoke Island all while catching the magnificent sunset.

    In the interactive experience Boulder Roll students stand atop a snowy peak as ogres charge up toward them. By rolling boulders down the hill, the ogres are vanquished, allowing students to earn more time to make it to the finish. Rolling boulders is easy, but to get enough of them to conquer the ogres, students must correctly responds to rapid-fire questions based on the unit.

    In theater 1, How Land Affects Our Weather, students explore topics of weather patterns based on geography and land formations as well as concepts of fronts, pooling, heat island, and the Coriolis effect.

    In theater 2, The Ocean Affects Weather Everywhere, students learn the currents types and their behaviors, the effects of unequal heating, and Earth’s rotation on weather.

    Fossilization, marine sediments, rock types, and the concepts of plate tectonics and geologic processes are topics covered in the Teacher Demo Gorging with Wendy.

 

  • Human Impact on the Environment

    Deep in the Muir Woods north of San Francisco, students talk about the interdependence of humans and plants with host, Steve Grubbs. Students stand amid the giant Redwoods while learning about the characteristics of these ancient trees as well as how they impact climate change.

    In the interactive experience Banana Breakout students aim bananas at correct answers to a proposed question. Monkeys hold the correct responses, and if “fed”, the students’ scores will increases. Tigers hold the incorrect answers, and if they receive the bananas, the students’ scores will decrease. Students begin with 3 lives, only losing one each time they miss catching the bananas. The goal of this interactive game is to play through as many levels of increasing speed before all lives are lost, building a maximum score.

    In theater 1, Career Day, students explore the role of a meteorologist and the causes and effects of tornadoes.

    In theater 2, Towns: Dark & Quiet, students explore Darwin’s experiences and discoveries aboard the HMS Beagle and discuss Darwin’s theories of natural selection and evolution.

    Weather vs climate and an overview of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and blizzards are among the topics covered in the Teacher Demo Weather with Wendy.


Engineering:

  • Engineering Design: Optimization

    A field trip to the Quad Cities Skate Park with host, Steve Grubbs recounts the evolution of the skateboard as illustrated through the optimization process of engineering design. The history of skate parks is revealed as well, in addition to proper safety gear and why it’s important when participating in this fast-paced, daredevil activity.

    In the interactive experience Word Search, students stand in a 360 cylinder with letters spanning the floor to ceiling. Hidden within the mass of letters are terms from the lessons they experience in this unit. By staring at the first letter of a vocabulary word, students start a yellow line that runs across a word as they move their head. Once students get to the last letter, they pause and allow the word to be fully highlighted and checked off the list.

    In theater 1, students learn about Optimization with topics of the optimization process as well as Thomas Edison’s iterative work toward perfecting the light bulb.

    Students take a dive into the iterative process of surfboard design and discuss the stages of optimization in theater 2.

    The science of cooking is explained and the process used to highlight optimization efficiencies is demonstrated with a mash potato recipe in the Teacher Demo Cooking with Wendy.

 

Physical Science:

  • Structures and Properties of Matter
    Join VVR Host, Jim Kent, as he explains the origin of the materials found in classic cars. Specifically, Kent describes the different types of metals and alloys that are used in different cars.

    In the interactive experience, students test their memory of the various elements in the Periodic Table by matching the most common 25 elements to their respective scientific symbols. By working with the elements outside of the traditional array pattern depicted on the table, students interact with the symbols in a fun and challenging way.

    Journey through The Periodic Table of Elements in a self-paced coverage of the elemental grouping rationale, qualities of metals, and the characterization of each group with an example.

    Reality Glue is the focus in theater 1 with physical properties of matter, strength of forces between particles, and concept of complex molecule chains being the topics.  

    Wendy discusses the differences between the Metals: Alkaline Earth and Alkali in a teacher demo that covers the reactions of metal in water, and the periodic table’s organization & trends.

     
  • Chemical Reactions

    Drive along with VVR Host, Jim Kent, to learn the ins and outs of a combustion engine and how energy is converted. Throughout the Indy Motor Speedway Museum, students will interact with various types of engines to further understand how sparks and fuel are transformed to power motor vehicles.

    In the interactive experience, students must use the concepts they have learned to create practical ways to escape from a locked room. Escape House can only be concurred by solving puzzles that give students a better understanding of the unit.  

    In theater 1, Stoichiometry is the focus. The video covers the topics of exothermic vs. endothermic reactions, Le Chatelier’s Principles, and the factors impacting chemical reactions.

    Solar flares & CMEs are covered in theater 2. The second video of this units reviews the relative properties of atoms, the law of conservation of mass, and the concept of Avogadro’s number & moles.

    The teacher demo covers many examples of stressors to chemical reactions and cobalt chloride with stressors. Students will understand the concept of equilibrium and Le Chatelier’s Principle.

  • Biochemistry

    Take a journey with VVR Host, Steve Grubb inside a Wisconsin cheese factory to behold one the largest cheese blocks in the world. Students will learn more about the different enzymes, pH, and processes that make up the 400 pound cheese curd!  

    In the self-pace experience, students are taken back to the 1980s in which they interact with race cars and content questions. As they drive down a track, they are awarded for correct answers and pristine driving skills.  

    The journey activity covers the studies and work of Louis Pasteur & Emily Roux, the purpose and process of vaccination, and the concepts of pasteurization and sterilization. This section includes a small quiz that tests students’ knowledge, comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of the content. 

    The theater section shows a clip of solar flares and CMEs. The main topics include the 4 states of matter, the cause and effect of solar flares, and the impact of geomagnetic storms. Additionally, there is a small quiz that tests students’ knowledge, comprehension, synthesis, and application of the unit.

    The teacher demo covers the characteristics of proteins, neurotransmitters: GABA & NMDA, and the structure & function of nitrous oxide. Included in this section is a small quiz that tests students’ knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of the content.

 

Physical Science:

  • Forces & Interactions

    Students get the chance to visit the Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering Lab at Purdue University. VictoryVR’s host, Jim Kent, Professor Talavage, and Professor Nauman, will enlighten students on concussion testing and the latest findings in optimal helmet wear.

    In the interactive experience, students get to experience physics in a fun and exciting way. The simulation takes place in a carnival-like arena and students have access to four different booths. There, students toss balls and crates to further understand Newton’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Laws of Motion, as well as Coulomb’s Law. They will witness the effects of mass and acceleration on an object’s movement.

    The first video of this unit depicts the discoveries of Isaac Newton. The video includes an explanation of Newton’s 2nd & 3rd Laws of Motion, the geometry of billiards, and the concepts of net force and energy transfer. The included quiz tests students’ knowledge, application, comprehension, and evaluation of the content.

    The second video of this unit covers lightning. Topics included in the video are Coulomb’s Law in context, causes of lightning, and concepts of steamers and step leaders. The short quiz that is included tests students’ knowledge, comprehension, and analysis of the content. 

    The teacher demo will inform students of concepts of resonance, capacitor, and electromagnetic induction. The topics covered also include AC vs DC and how a Tesla Coil functions. The small quiz at the end of the video will test students’ knowledge, application, synthesis, and analysis of the unit

  • Energy

    Students travel to the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant in Michigan with VVR Host, Steve Grubbs. There, students will learn how wind and water can be transformed into energy through hydroelectricity, wind turbines, and various tools.

    Get a chance to fly your very own airplane! Students drive through the sky by leaning forward and backward and twisting their bodies. While trying to pilot the aircraft, students must recall information from the unit and fly into clouds with the correct answer. They are rewarded for pristine flying skills and correctly answered questions.

    In the first video of the unit, the topics covered are the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and the concept of entropy. The small quiz attached tests students’ application, analysis, knowledge, and comprehension of the topics.

    The second video discusses the game of pinball. It gives a brief history of pinball, and then uses that example to explain energy conversion. The ending quiz tests students’ analysis, application, synthesis, and knowledge of the topic.

    The teacher demo explains concepts of anaerobic digestion and nuclear fission. The video goes into depth of methane conversion to biogas and electricity and closed loop systems. Lastly, the attached quiz tests students’ knowledge, comprehension, analysis, and synthesis of the topics.
     
  • Waves & Electromagnetic Radiation

    Play a game of laser tag with VVR Host, Steve Grubbs as he explains light in terms of waves and particles. Students will learn about electromagnetic waves and the different types of light.

    In the self-pace experience, students are taken back to the 1980s in which they interact with race cars and content questions. As they drive down a track, they are awarded for correct answers and pristine driving skills. 

    The first video covers Marie Curie and radiation. It describes Curie’s contribution to the advances in electromagnetic radiation & radioactivity and the history and science behind X-ray machines.

    The second video covers waves. The concepts include the traits of primary & secondary waves, mechanical & electromagnetic waves, and the terms of amplitude, wavelength, and frequency.

    The teacher demo informs students of the advantages of digital imagery and the difference between an electron microscope and a light microscope

  • Mechanics

    Learn about energy transfer in a fun way by assembling a Rube Goldberg Machine. Students will come to understand the machine by applying Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion.

    In the self-pace experience, students are taken back to the 1980s in which they interact with race cars and content questions. As they drive down a track, they are awarded for correct answers and pristine driving skills. 

    The first video of the unit covers Newton’s Laws of Motion. It discusses Newton’s 1st & 2nd Laws of Motion and the concepts of acceleration, force, & mass.

    The second video covers Brush’s Mill. It gives a mini-biography of Charlies Brush and then explains the concepts of wind power & hydroelectricity.

    The teacher demo utilizes radiography and fluoroscopy to explain wave behaviors and the purpose and functions of MRIs, CT scans, & X-rays

Life Science:

  • Structure & Function
    Take a trip to Mexico and Singapore to explore and investigate multicellular organisms. From the banyan trees in Mexico to the Singapore Gardens, students will interact with a plethora of different kinds of plant life. They will learn about the internal systems of plants and its effects on its survival.

    In this interactive experience, students become a doctor for a day! They will observe a patient with flu symptoms and learn about homeostasis and how our brains regulate our bodies. 

    The first video discusses the hierarchy of life. It then covers the components of a multicellular organism, the concept of interacting system, and the human body systems.

    The second video explains the importance of balance. Topics covered include homeostasis, succession, equilibrium, positive & negative feedback systems, and afferent & efferent pathways.

    The teacher demo informs students of vocabulary such as chiropractic and osteology. The teacher then goes onto explain the impact of structure on function and various spinal conditions.
     
  • Inheritance & Variation of Traits
    Students will take a trip to the Wilridge Farm & Vineyard to better understand the genetic difference between white and red grapes. They will learn more about the different traits of grapes and which ones are more desirable to breed.

    Examine a chromosome in the human body! In this interactive simulation, students get to choose a specific chromosome and investigate its corresponding genetic sequence.

    The first video focuses on cell division. The topics covered include stages of mitosis, DNA & chromosomes, and examples of organelles.

    The comic book tells the tale of Mendelian Genetics. The story includes information about Mendel’s work with genetics and the relationship of traits between parents and offspring.

    The teacher demo introduces vocabulary such as haplogroup, karyotype, and variance. The video discusses genetic testing and DNA structure & function.\

  • Forensics

    Try your hand at solving a murder! Alongside VVR Host, Steve Grubbs, students will collect DNA evidence from the crime scene and learn about the different types of clues and collection methods.

    Get a chance to fly your very own airplane! Students drive through the sky by leaning forward and backward and twisting their bodies. While trying to pilot the aircraft, students must recall information from the unit and fly into clouds with the correct answer. They are rewarded for pristine flying skills and correctly answered questions.

    The story discusses the concept of homeostasis and includes examples of positive feedback mechanisms.

    The comic book tells a story of different kinds of genetic traits. The topics covered in the book include dominant & recessive traits, factors that cause variation, and inheritable genetic variation & gene flow.

    The teacher demo concludes the murder mystery. The video introduces vocabulary such as gel electrophoresis and latent fingerprints. It also discusses lab analysis of fingerprints and features of fingerprints.

Life Science:

  • Natural Selection & Evolution

    Travel to the Mississippi River with VVR Host, Jim Kent to learn about the river’s invasive species. Students will understand the dangers that the invasive species, Asian Carp, impose onto native species in the Mississippi. 

    In the interactive activity, students will study the modern whale and the various forms it has taken over the millennia. Interacting with X-rays, students can come to understand how the whales’ adaptation likely sparked its evolution.

    In the self-paced journey, students will learn about evolution. The activity will discuss Darwin’s finch study in the Galapagos, natural selection & artificial selection, “survival of the fittest,” and adaptation.

    The first video discusses the 4 factors of evolution. Topics included in this video are the concepts on microevolution & speciation, and mutation, natural selection, genetic drift, and gene flow.

    The teacher demo introduces vocabulary such as briny, estuary, and molting. The topics covered include Stenhaline & Euryhaline and behavioral & psychological adaptations.

  • Matter & Energy in Organisms & Ecosystems

    Students will journey with Jim Kent to the diverse climates of Washington, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Iowa. There, students will learn the difference between conifers and flowering trees, as well as the effect of climate on the process of photosynthesis.

    In this interactive simulation, students fly through the sky by learning forward and twisting their bodies. As they fly, they must recall information and fly through rings that contain the correct answers. They are rewarded for answering questions correctly and avoiding hazards.

    The first video discusses the food web. The topics covered include energy transfer between organisms, the food web structure, and the cycling of matter and energy.

    The next video explains sugar’s role in biological processes. The video covers topics of ATP & ADP, photosynthesis, and energy transfer. 

    The teacher demo demonstrates fermentation. The demo discusses cellular respiration, aerobic & anaerobic respiration, and cellular inputs & outputs in fermented food.
     
  • Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    Stand amid skyscrapers in Chicago and Hong Kong with host, Steve Grubbs. Students will see, first-hand, the issues related to urbanization and how big cities are trying to fight negative impacts on the environment. 

    In the self-pace experience, students are taken back to the 1980s in which they interact with race cars and content questions. As they drive down a track, they are awarded for correct answers and pristine driving skills. 

    The first video of the unit covers ecosystem balance. The topics in the video include oppositional & symbiotic relationships, ecosystem imbalances, and the concept of homeostasis.

    The second video discusses group mentality. The video covers the theory and benefits of group living, the hierarchies of groups, and the different types of social behaviors.

    The teacher’s demo explains the definitions of canopy, spotting, and serotinous. Also, the demo covers the role of carbon & the carbon cycle and the 5 stages of succession. 
     
  • Anatomy & Physiology

    Travel to the Science Museum of Minnesota to examine fossils! Join VVR Host, Jim Kent as he presents various dinosaur fossils to his audience. Students will learn about the theory of evolution. 

    In the interactive simulation, students will learn about the inner-workings of the human brain. They will work with a Mr. Potato Head, and they will put all the pieces of his brain back together in 360-degree detail.

    The first video covers evolution & diversity. The video also explains common ancestry & biological evolution, the factors of diversity among humans, and comparative structures.

    The second video discusses energy & respiration. The topics covered include aerobic vs. anaerobic, the 1st Law of Thermodynamics, and components of energy transformation. 

    In the teacher demo, students will further understand comparative anatomy. In addition, it also covers homology and xenotransplantation. The demo includes a dissection of a fetal pig

Earth & Space Science:

  • Space Systems

    Experience a full solar eclipse in the Mark Twain National Park with VVR Host, Steve Grubbs! Students will be able to identify the corona of the eclipse and will understand why the temperature drops.

    In the interactive experience, students can travel the galaxy, maneuver through the stars, and come in contact with black holes. They will learn about the Milky Way, our solar system, the Sombrero Galaxy, the Alpha Centauri Group, and Algol variables.

    In the first video, students will observe the birth of a star. It covers the process of nuclear fusion, the concepts of nebula, thermal radiation, and the 3 stages of star death.

    In the self-paced journey, students will discover the Theory of the Big Bang. Students will travel through the timeline of the Big Bang, and they will come to understand Hubble’s Law, CMB radiation, the concepts of inflation, cosmic acceleration, and falsifiable.

    The teacher demo explains the process of hydrogen fusion. It covers convection, nuclear fusion, purpose of a plasma lab, and the goal & purpose of nuclear fusion

  • History of Earth

    Enjoy the sand dunes of Lake Michigan’s western shoreline with Steve Grubbs. Students will travel to Michigan to learn about sand formation and the Aeolian processes as they cruise on a dune scooter across the state park.

    In the interactive experience, students will experience Earth’s development throughout history. From the earliest formation to present day, students can take note of the changes our planet has endured.

    The first video explores Earth’s surface. The topics covered in the video include relative dating & radiometric dating, Giant Impact Hypothesis, and attributes of the geological record.

     The second video explains Earth’s processes. It discusses plate tectonics, types of boundaries & crusts, and the Appalachian & Himalayan Mountains. 

    The teacher’s demo explores craters. Students will come to understand rift, polygenetic, constructive & destructive forces, lava flow, and volcano types.

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  • Weather & Climate
    Explore Reykjavik, Iceland with Steve Grubbs! Students will experience The Blue Lagoon, a geyser, a waterfall, and the overall geography of Iceland. The land tells a story of the impacts of climate change.

    In the self-paced experience, students are taken back to the 1980s in which they interact with race cars and content questions. As they drive down a track, they are awarded for correct answers and pristine driving skills. 

    The first video covers tornados. It includes a mini-biography on Tetsuya Fujita, the characteristics of tornadoes, and describes tornado tracking technology.

    The self-paced journey is on biodiversity. It discusses the human impact on biodiversity, climate problems associated with carbon dioxide, The Greenhouse Effect, and global warming.

    The teacher demo describes how to monitor glaciers. It also covers permafrost, retreating & advancing glaciers, global climate change, and glacier status

  • Human Sustainability

    Students will travel into the Bayou of Louisiana to see the “green” efforts that have taken place after Hurricane Katrina. They will learn about sustainability and the ways that New Orleans is getting their “green” on. 

    In this interactive experience, students drive through the sky by leaning forward and backward and twisting their bodies. While trying to pilot the aircraft, students must recall information from the unit and fly into rings with the correct answer. They are rewarded for pristine flying skills and correctly answered questions.

    The first video covers cause & effect of plastic gyres in the ocean. It also discusses the hazards of plastic to marine life and The Ocean Cleanup Project.

    The second video specializes on marine life. It goes onto discuss ocean acidification by carbon dioxide, biological magnification, and how oil spills impact the ocean. 

    The teacher demo discusses repurposing. Topics in the demo include the stages of recycling aluminum and the concepts of sustainability & recycling

  • Oceanography

    Still in New Orleans, students will visit post-Hurricane Katrina flood wall, The Great Wall. With Host, Steve Grubbs, students will come to understand the importance of flood walls and the impact that it has on the Earth’s surface.  

    In the interactive experience, students have the chance to swim and explore the Coral Reef. They will learn about the formation & the importance of the Coral Reef, and why it needs protection.

    The first video discusses rocks. The topics covered include oceanic & continental curst, the characteristics of cratons, and the process of subduction.

    The second video centers on the pollution of Indonesia. It covers the problems with peatland, the 2015 peat crisis in Indonesia, and the concepts on carbon sinks & feedbacks.

    Coral Reefs are the center of discussion in the teacher demo. It covers evolution, symbiotic relationships, the characteristics of coral reefs, Earth system changes, and the impacts to the ocean. 

Engineering:

  • Engineering Design

    For this field trip, students travel to China to behold The Great Wall of China. Host, Steve Grubbs teaches students about the history, design, and challenges of the construction behind The Great Wall.

    In this interactive experience, students drive through the sky by leaning forward and backward and twisting their bodies. While trying to pilot the aircraft, students must recall information from the unit and fly into rings with the correct answer. They are rewarded for pristine flying skills and correctly answered questions.

    The first video describes how power plants have changed throughout history. It includes the function of power plants: then & now, Edison’s & Johnson’s invention, and the 3 main parts of power plants.

    The second video discusses solar cars. The video describes how solar power works, the benefits & challenges of solar vehicles, and the solar car race requirements. 

    The teacher’s demo is over snow. The video defines nucleator, snow grooming, and snow gun. It also covers constraints & solutions for snow production and the mechanics of a snow gun

  • Aerospace Engineering

    On this field trip, students will be transported to the future. They will be flying in an unmanned vehicle while Host, Steve Grubbs informs them of the benefits and drawbacks of drone usage. 

    In the interactive experience, students will have a chance to fly The Wright Flyer. After learning a bit of history on the Wrights brothers, students will come to understand how the brothers overcame all obstacles to create their flyer.

    The first video discusses Siya, Sathvik, and satellites. It also goes into details about aerospace tools & biodiversity, the negative impacts of human activity, and the habits of Asian Elephants.

    The second video gives an overview of the SpaceX program. It also discusses the benefits and constraints related to modern-day space travel.

    The teacher’s video demonstrates aerodynamics. It covers the 4 forces: weight, drag, thrust, & lift, and it mentions the constraints of ice on a plane.  

  • Animal & Plant Biotechnology (Ag)

    On this field trip, students go to an Iowa farm to study corn harvest. Here, students will learn about GMOs and how modernized farming equipment impacts the environment.

    In the self-paced, interactive experience, students are presented with a dining service that provides GMO-influenced ingredients. There are many options of food that students may eat in real-life. Once the students have selected a meal, a screen pops up with the amount of GMOs prevalent in their food selection.

    The comic book urges readers to save the bees! It covers the importance of bees to the ecosystem, the concept of phenology, and the 3 main causes of the bee population decline.

    The video of the unit describes sustainable farming. It discusses the benefits of greenhouse farming, problems with herbicides & pesticides, and the concepts of sustainable practices and genetic modification.

    The teacher’s demo covers genetic engineering. The topics discusses include DNA & ELISA testing, the purpose of biotech lab equipment, and GMOs

  • Robotics

    Attend the Robotics World Champs with VVR Host, Steve Grubbs as he explains how to build a robot. Students will learn about engineering, design, and problem-solving when it comes to creating the perfect robot.

    In the interactive experience, participants learn basic programming. When given a robot, players must program the robot to navigate an obstacle course. The robot obeys the student-selected sequence.

    The first video discusses the purpose and function of helmets. The information covered in the video includes the concepts of applied forced, clearance, inertia, and how helmet technology has advanced.

    The second video covers biodiversity, the relationship among Earth’s systems, sustainable practices, and concepts of emergence & urbanization.

    The teacher demo discusses prosthetics. Specially, the video covers constraints & solutions of prosthetics and the evolution of prosthetic devices

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