Ever wanted to climb Machu Picchu, explore coral reefs or travel the world? Now you can do all three courtesy of Brookfield Public Library’s new virtual reality technology tool, Google Expeditions.
Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world. By simply looking through the viewer, members can get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, and even visit outer space.
Built for the classroom and small group use, Google Expeditions allows an instructor acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way. Now, in addition to reading or studying about The Louvre, for example, residents can get a close up look without leaving the library.
Virtual reality joins 3D printing, e-sports and robotics as part of the Brookfield Library’s STEAM initiatives for all ages. Google Expeditions will make its debut at the Brookfield Public Library’s second annual STEAM Fest which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. STEAM Fest is a free event with activities for all ages. Weather permitting, the event will be held outside on the library’s lawn.
Residents can also experience Google Expeditions at a series of drop-in events in October.
In addition to Google Expeditions STEAM Fest will feature 3D printing, art, engineering, music, robotics, tabletop tornadoes and virtual reality. Special exhibitors include A Sound Education, Compassion Factory; Cyborg T.U.R.T.L.E.S.; STEM Scouts and Triton College.