Chemistry in the Wonderlab
Captivate your science students in our engaging and fun Wonder Lab, where chemistry comes alive in a variety of mediums within this science unit. Students learn the Periodic Table of Elements using virtual flip cards, explore a pirate’s cave to play a memory game using chemical symbols, and experience virtual field trips that transport students to stimulating science settings. Even more, our curriculum is developed by award-winning educators and is aligned to the Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS). In addition, this chemistry unit includes three optional assessments for students that measure their learning when engaging in the virtual reality experiences. The NGSS addressed in this unit include: HS-PS1-1, HS-PS1-3
Things That Go Boom
Can you get out of the virtual reality escape house? This old house isn’t one you want to stay in if you can help it, but you might have to use your brain to think through the games and challenges in the field of chemical reactions. Be a puzzle solver and see if you can escape this house in time. Boom! Then take a trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to learn about combustion engines. Yes, you get to learn about chemistry at the world’s most famous racetrack. Every time an engine turns, there are hundreds of small explosions that power the engine. Cool. Did you say coronal mass ejection? Well, this whiteboard animation is fun and fascinating and oh yeah, you might learn a couple things about solar flares and CME’s. As always, Wendy, our national runner-up teacher of the year, dazzles students with her experiment. This time, watch out for the explosion that gets a bit too close to our teacher. If you are going to learn about stoichiometry, you might as well watch an animation to figure it out. This challenging concept is suddenly a lot more fun and easy once you enter the VictoryVR world.
Getting Cheesy: Biochemistry Fun
Take your racecar through the Neon Pulse Jaguar Alley if you think you know enough about biochemistry to fuel your car. Wait? You don’t. Easy, just travel with Steve to the Wisconsin Cheese Factory and learn how HUGE blocks of cheese are created through biochemistry. And Wendy the Science Teacher…well, you’ve never seen her like this as she teaches about laughing gas.
Newton’s House of Forces
Sure you’re in our space-based research facility, but even in space you need a recreation room. So, in this unit, enter the rec room and dance with holograms, play a little billiards or just relax and watch some television. Oh, and you might just learn a few things along the way. Wendy, the Science Teacher, gets to play with a Tesla Coil and you go along for the ride. You will experience the laws of nature in a way that would never be possible in the real world.
Purveyors of Power & Propulsion
Witness energy conversion from wind and water to electricity at a neighborhood power plant. Understand these environmentally kind ways to harness nature’s resources and power our lives. Fly through pleasant pastel clouds as you twist and turn, diving through hoops in the sky. You chart your course by soaring through the ring with the correct answer to science questions posed in the clouds. “What is entropy” you ask? This realistic comic video shows the basics of entropy, as it’s used to solve a mystery–and just in time–otherwise this space mission would’ve gone bust! Are you a pinball wizard? True mastery of this classic game begins with understanding its origin and evolution over the years. Cows droppings are good for you! Yes–this biofunction of cows could be the future of powering our lives. Learn what’s being done with methane conversion via closed loop systems.
Racing the Waves of Radiation
Warning: This application may cause motion sickness
Make learning about waves & electromagnetic radiation fascinating and fun in this virtual playground. Enter the space station’s recreation room and dance with a hologram, play some pool with your eyes or enter the 360 world of laser tag as you learn about how light can be both a wave and a particle. Einstein and Newton are both part of the deep learning. As always, Wendy the Science Teacher takes a few minutes to do her thing, which in this case is a dive into the history and uses of microscopes. Like comic books? Read one about Marie Curie, a leader in early STEM as she creates the first X-ray machine and sees broke bones inside the skin. While this is fun and fascinating, it does happen to satisfy important Next Gen Science Standards focused on waves and electromagnetic radiation.
Simple tasks solved via complex contraptions. Witness a Rube Goldberg machine in action while better understanding the physics behind its system. Control your speed as you race around the track of Neon Pulse, choosing lanes based on your knowledge of physics facts. Answering questions correctly earns speed boosts for a faster time! Applying Newton’s 2nd Law can improve a bowling game. Using “fancy” math is more common than you may think–see it applied and decide for yourself. Get to know inventor, Charles Brush, and see how his contributions to science rivaled those of Edison. In the race to light a bulb, this was a nailbiter. Surf aside, waves are more common than you think. Some doctors use wave technology to help diagnose and treat many ills of today. Learn how these machines work in relation to your body.
Adventure Learning Inside Humans
When you strap on the headset, you will be transported to our underwater aquatic research facility. Try not to be distracted by the fish and other creatures as you take off on an adventure inside the human body. The stories examine the systems of the body including circulatory, reproductive, respiratory along with others. How each of these systems operates in our body is a fascinating look at the organic functions that make humans go. This trip inside the human body is like no trip you have ever experienced. So buckle yourself in and get ready for your adventure inside the human body!
When you strap on the VR headset, get ready to head underwater because this unit is in our underwater research lab. If you’re going to learn about genetics, why not do it in the underwater lab? Visit an ancient library to learn about the secrets to your genetics and chromosomes, read the comic book story of Gregor Mendel and how he discovered genetic traits, take a field trip to a vineyard to learn about the genetic traits of grapes, watch Wendy the Science Teacher show the mysteries within our chromosomes, and take a journey through a museum where you can see lifesize human cells. What’s even cooler is that you control your own travel. When you’re done with one exhibit, you can magically teleport to the next location. Here’s the thing, it’s important to learn science (in fact, very important) but it doesn’t have to be boring or intimidating. In our virtual world, science comes to life and becomes amazing and immersive. Suddenly science is fun and cool and that’s what you want.
Mysteries & Mansions
A “murder” has occurred and we’re collecting clues–DNA evidence to be exact. Discover the variety of collection methods and testing processes while looking for the suspect’s motive in the game room. Fly through pleasant pastel clouds as you twist and turn, diving through hoops in the sky. You chart your course by soaring through the ring with the correct answer to science questions posed in the clouds. Sweet, sticky donuts spike blood sugar–see how this fun fact helps solve the animated mystery of the 13 donuts. Understanding homeostasis will help you foil this caper and catch the culprit. If variety is the spice of life, then inheritable genetics is an herb garden. Distinguish between dominant vs. recessive traits as two cultures come together, changing the appearance of future generations. Arches, loops, and whorls–oh my! Knowing these distinct fingerprint features will shed more light on the “murder” mystery showcased during the field trip. Nothing says fun like gel electrophoresis processing.
From Slime to Dinosaurs: Adventure in Time
Ever been to the rainforest? You will be when you strap on the headset and begin researching in the VictoryVR Rainforest. While you’re trekking through the jungle stop and visit a few of our fun and amazing stations along the way. You will visit a museum where the history of whales is carefully created from the days of walking on land to the modern mode of transportation: swimming in the ocean. The field trip is one of the craziest of all 48 we shot. Our host explores the world of invasive species, in this case, the destructive Asian Carp. Watch as he investigates their journey to Middle America and then watch as they relentlessly attack him as he journeys down a river in a boat. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. Wendy, our national runner-up teacher of the year, explores the blue crab and its evolutionary journey. Join her as she tells a fascinating story about this strange and colorful creature from the deep. What does the iPod have to do with the evolution of animals? This virtual reality movie explains the unexpected connection.
Food World: The Good, Bad, And Stinky
Compare four distinct ecosystems around the United States. See the variety of flora and fauna present in different climates and understand why they thrive. Fly through pleasant pastel clouds as you twist and turn, diving through hoops in the sky. You chart your course by soaring through the ring with the correct answer to science questions posed in the clouds. Get caught up in the mystery of food webs as you learn about the hierarchical scheme. Follow energy’s path as it moves from the sun through plants and animals, sustaining life. Trace the origin of sugar in this fast-paced flick. Examine the linear process of energy conversion and learn about glycolysis along the way. Distinguish which type of respiration impacts your food the most: anaerobic or aerobic. Also, discover what bread, yogurt, and pickles have in common.
In the Arena: Human Expansion
Learn about urbanization on the streets of Chicago and Hong Kong. Witness how big cities are embracing their growth while lessening negative impacts. Control your speed as you race around the track of Neon Pulse, choosing lanes based on your knowledge of weather and climate facts. Answering questions correctly earns speed boosts for a faster time! See what happens when ecosystems become unstable and how homeostasis comes the to the rescue to maintain order. Examine animal behavior–humans too–and learn why group living is beneficial. Breaking down various social behaviors reveals different dynamics. Know the 5 stages of succession? Learn them here and see the carbon cycle and its role in our environment.
Just how similar are we to pigs? Find out how much we have in common with these stinky swine through comparative anatomy. Dissect a pig with award-winning science teacher, Wendy Martin, and learn about our common parts and systems. Imagine an interactive Mr. Potato head, and you’d be close to knowing how to navigate our Brain Game. This larger-than-life human head allows you to pick the brain parts and piece them together inside a human skull to see how they form our most complex system. What do a modern bird and a prehistoric dinosaur have in common? Join us at the Science Museum of Minnesota to find out! Put your understanding of evolution to the test as you examine fossils and skeletons searching for similarities. Be transformed (not really) as you learn about energy transformation and how thermodynamics really works. These processes happen all the time–amaze your friends with your understanding of the process. Humans have more than 99.9% of the same genetics–so how can we be so diverse? Find out that and much more as you dig into your common ancestry.
Adventures in Space
The learning adventures in this science curriculum unit include the opportunity to pilot a spaceship, as well as a Mars Rover while learning some of the most important lessons about the Universe. Along the way, you will meet Wendy, the Science Teacher, who presents lessons at a high school level in a fun and impactful way. You will also meet Steve, the virtual field trip host, who teaches about the solar eclipse in real time as it occurs above you. Even more, you will drive a Rover over the surface of Mars and visit replicas of the actual U.S. Rovers intentionally left there. While traveling to distant galaxies, enjoy watching an animated short about the birth of a star. Following these VR experiences are three optional assessments for students (or parents) to measure mastery of the content. This supplement to school curriculum is based on Next Gen Science Standards so it mirrors what classrooms around the world are teaching.
Strap on the headset and open your eyes in our lunar research facility. Not only will you take off on some amazing adventures, but you can also play with the hologram fish aquarium while hanging out on the moon. Step into the time machine and travel back in time millions and billions of years ago to experience the earth as it looked during its earliest years. Don’t be afraid of the dinosaurs…they’re mostly friendly.
Oceans of Wonder
Visit The Great Wall of New Orleans, built to stop the cajun city from flooding over again. Understanding how Hurricane Katrina devastated this region helps combat future impacts. No need to hold your breath during this virtual SCUBA expedition among the coral reef. Swim around the colorful coral while learning about this unique ecosystem, as well as current threats to its existence. Be a detective and help solve this mysterious case involving missing ancient rocks. DIstinguishing between oceanic vs. continental crust will help reveal clues in this creative caper. For peats sake! No really–there’s a current crisis with peatland in Indonesia and conquering it involves understanding what it is and why our treatment of it needs to change. Join the cause! Swimming sharks and colorful coral abound at this trip to the Tennessee Aquarium. Join Wendy Martin, award-winning science teacher, as she reveals how Earth systems changes are affecting our oceans.
Expeditions in Ecology
Y’all come get your “green” on in the bayou while learning what LEED, sustainable materials, and “green” construction have to do with rebuilding in post-Hurricane Katrina territory. Fly through pleasant pastel clouds as you twist and turn, diving through hoops in the sky. You chart your course by soaring through the ring with the correct answer to science questions posed in the clouds. Know what a garbage gyre is? Find out how this devastating ocean phenomenon is endangering our planet’s marine life AND what you can do to help. Meet Jambo, a savvy shark who avoids an oil spill in the gulf during his daily adventures. Discover how human activity impacts our aquatic friends and what environmentally-friendly behaviors look like. Sort, crush, press, deliver–tour the inside of a recycling plant and follow materials around at the different stages and in various forms. What exactly happens once we toss our drink container in the bin?
Masters of Design
You say you’re learning about engineering design? Well, put on the headset and join us in China as you stand on the Great Wall of China and see how The Great Wall winds its way through the mountains of China. Even more, learn how the invading Mongols from the north caused China to undertake this engineering marvel. Then read our Manga comic book in a dark virtual reality room, which takes you through the discoveries of Thomas Edison as he learned to harness electricity. Next, fly among the clouds in our learning game as you take off and soar through the skies. When presented with questions, just lean in and dive or rise toward the correct answer. After that, you will find yourself in the middle of a snowstorm. Wendy the Science Teacher takes us out into the snow as she explains the science of making snow. You will also enjoy a visually engaging story about solar cars. The engineering challenges of solar-powered cars give us a fascinating under the hood look at how they work and the impact they might have on our future.
Zoom through the sky with a birds-eye view as you fly in the cradle of our drone! While soaring hundreds of feet in the air, learn about the pros & cons of this increasingly prevalent technology. Hang out in the airplane hangar with full 360* view of the Wright Flyer. Take in the various angles of this flying machine and see how Orville and Wilbur mastered the feat of air flight. You can even take it for a spin yourself. Probe the habits of Asian Elephants as you learn more about modern technologies, including satellite intervention into keeping a close eye on this breed and others. 3-2-1–blast off into outer space with the SpaceX Program. Catch up on their recent attempts and improvements in air travel to the outer world–you just might be a passenger one day. Ever fly a plane in poor weather conditions? Find out how pilots navigate airplanes through ice, wind, snow, and other hazardous conditions in this one-of-a-kind weather-simulated environment for testing. As always, VictoryVR curriculum is stimulating and fun! Better yet, it’s rooted in the Next Gen Science Standards so it is directly linked with science teachings in today’s classrooms.
Wild World of Wonder Ag
The villain is a super weed, the bees need saving and a magical cafe serves up genetic engineering. Science is everywhere in this immersive and amazing trip through the work scientists are doing to genetically change organisms. Thinking Frankenstein? Well, we look at the facts of what it’s all about including the good and the bad. At the GMO Cafe, you are served up genetically modified foods with an explanation of the purpose for each change. In the animated surround-you short, Save the Bees, we learn about the challenges bees are facing due to natural and unnatural changes in our world. And of course, Wendy the Science Teacher, explains the fascinating basics of genetic engineering in her special way that makes everything clearly understandable. As always, Next Gen Science standards are satisfied, in this case, related to biotechnology.
Rad Robots on Wild Earth
Strap on the headset and enter a research lab at the edge of the mountains, in all its wild glory. This unit is about robots, robotics and with a little biodiversity thrown in. So what’s cool? Students will learn to program robots in the interactive Robolympiad. Enter instructions and see the path – ordered or crazy – your robot takes. Our field trip visits one of the top high school robotics team in the country as they build their robot and prepare for competition. In fact, we get into the cage with the robot as it takes it’s commands from the students and experience the robot up close. Sometimes humans get a little help from machines. Wendy Martin is our national runner-up teacher of the year and she explores the concept of prosthetics: artificial limbs and human parts. Then you will enter the liquid surround display as we learn the science behind helmets, why and how they protect our heads. Forces and physics are a key part of this 360 surround experience. As always, VictoryVR learning is fun, immersive and amazing. At the same time, our curriculum specialist is meticulous about making sure each lesson is tied to a national science standard as created through the Next Gen Science Standards. We have 48 units covering every area of middle and high school science. If you plan to learn science, might as well do it in virtual reality.
Virtual Frog Dissection
Learning can take place anytime, anywhere: VictoryVR’s virtual reality frog dissection software is a hands-on dissection opportunity that users can experience through the power of virtual reality. This true to life experience covers each step that a student would take if they were dissecting a real frog in their classroom. Along the way, a hologram of our teacher – national runner-up Teacher of the Year, Wendy Martin – will pop up to provide instruction and information to users.
Analog vs Digital
Amplify, digitize, and record–that’s what these Very Long Base Array (VLBA) telescopes do. See this rare equipment at work–1 of only 10 spanning the U.S., these scopes improve our view of the universe. Beware of ogling ogres! You need to roll boulders down the hill to to beat them back. Correct responses to questions based on unit content will prevent the ogres from attacking. A scientist and an actress who made a real-life daring escape, this mini-bio of Hedy Lamarr reads like a movie script. Learn about her contributions to radio transmission and frequency technologies still in use today in the world’s first virtual comic book. Ever wonder which waves you can see versus the ones you can hear? See the characteristics of compressional and transverse waves as you gain a better understanding of their different purposes and types. Learn how and why your technology functions the way it does: phones, televisions, and more. Distinguish between digital and analog signals and become a pro at bandwidth. As always, VictoryVR curriculum is stimulating and fun! Better yet, it’s rooted in the Next Gen Science Standards so it is directly linked with science teachings in today’s classrooms.
Mel & Gerdy
Teaching students about the structure and function of cells and their organelles can be a difficult task, and even more so when those tiny cell organelles are elusive and hard to see. Ready to take your cell organelle instruction to the next level? Grab a headset and let Mel and Gerdy guide your students as they take a virtual “walk” through a museum gallery all about cells and their organelles. Students start with a short video about endosymbiosis that introduces them to theory of organelle evolution. Then, students have freedom to explore the museum at their leisure. Each area of the museum is organized into logical wings that teach students about what cells are, the different types of cells and how they function. Afterward, students take a ten-question quiz about what they’ve learned. Are you ready to get your Nerdy on? Let’s go!
Rome Reborn: The Roman Forum
In antiquity, the Roman Forum was the city center of The Eternal City. Here were located important government buildings, law courts, temples, and monuments. Flyover Zone takes you to the Forum as it appears today and as it looked at the peak of the urban development of ancient Rome in the fourth century of our era. Your guide is Prof. Bernard Frischer, an expert on Roman archaeology. Along the way, you can hear interviews with other distingjuished experts, including Prof. Russell Scott, Prof. Bryan Rose, Prof. Paolo Liverani, and Prof. Barry Strauss.
Rome Reborn: The Flight Over Ancient Rome
The ancient Romans did not have hot air balloons, so they were never able to get a bird’s eye view of their city, the biggest and most impressive city in human history before the nineteenth century. Now, Flyover Zone takes you up into the air in a virtual hot air balloon so that you can have the breaktaking experience of seeing the lost urban tapestry of Rome spread out at your feet. Teleport from point of interest to point of interest. Learn about the use of land in ancient Rome, which was not as unplanned and chaotic a city as it might at first glance appear to be. See where the Romans worked, worshipped, shopped, conducted public business, and buried their dead. Also included are six Time Warps where you can fade between the aerial view in antiquity and that from the same position over today’s city.
Rome Reborn: Colosseum District
The Colosseum is a must-see on every tourist’s visit to The Eternal City. Now, Flyover Zone takes you there from your own home or classroom. The tour covers the Colosseum and surrounding monuments including the Temple of Venus and Rome, the Arch of Titus, the Arch of Constantine, the Meta Sudans, the Colossus of the Sun, and the Ludus Magnus. See the ruins as they appear today and also go back in time to see the way they looked in antiquity. Your guides are Prof. Bernard Frischer, an expert on the archaeology of ancient Rome, and Prof. Barry Strauss, an expert on Roman history.