Not a bad idea

KATELYN RUPPERT takes her turn on the virtual industrial painting station inside the Big Ideas trailer last week. Photo / Per Peterson

Mobile learning lab loaded with fully-immersive virtual reality systems makes a stop at  TAHS

More than 100 Tracy Area High School students last week had the opportunity to try their hand at a number of trades. And they did so inside a trailer.

“Big Ideas Mobile Learning Lab brings a new way to explore in-demand, high skilled trades jobs with interactive experience,” said TAHS ag teacher and FFA advisor Elizabeth Johnson. “Students were able to use immersive virtual reality systems to introduce welding, industrial painting, CAT excavator, as well as virtual reality with over 20 different trades simulations. This mobile learning lab gives students an opportunity to try out a career that they may not have known about, or maybe have thought about going into the career but wanted to learn more.”

Big Ideas, Inc.’s mission is to provide opportunities for youth to learn both technical and soft skills needed to succeed in skilled trades by using leading-edge augmented and virtual reality, hands-on technologies to engage learners and in-shop mini-courses to continue the exploration.

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