Free virtual reality experience available for students at public library

An upcoming workshop aims to educate members of the public about the "internet of things." (Photo: Ashley Day)

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Area students have the chance to experience an interactive 20-minute virtual reality field trip for free.

Researchers from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette are bringing a virtual reality experience to Chattanooga and seeking participation from students ages 13 and older.

Students will be immersing themselves in the virtual environment alongside a live teacher from Louisiana joining them through next-generation internet technology, according to a news release.

The teacher will take the student on a tour through an energy plant, explaining how it functions.

“This is a great opportunity for summer STEM learning, as well as to participate in a cross-city virtual reality experience that can only happen in a city like Chattanooga,” Head of Youth Services for the Chattanooga Public Library Meredith Levine said.

The project is funded by Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund and explores new ways to use high-performance internet connections, like those between Chattanooga, and Lafayette, Louisiana.

The program will be available on the 4th Floor at the Chattanooga Public Library’s downtown branch through July 5, except on July 4.

In addition to trying out the virtual reality experience, students will also be asked to fill out a short questionnaire.

The experience is free.

For more information or to reserve a time slot, visit the project website.