Virtual reality translates into real history for iTech Prep students

first_imgIf you live in Vancouver, you’re probably familiar with the pottery, tools, jewelry and other artifacts that tell a story about Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the people who once lived there.But what about people elsewhere in the world? Or even local children for whom a visit to a national historic site may not be as fun as playing a game on mom’s iPhone? How can you bring the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s presence in the Pacific Northwest in the 1800s to a global audience?That’s the question Washington history students at Vancouver iTech Preparatory Middle School have sought to answer in recent years. On Saturday, the class will unveil the latest phase of Fort Vancouver Virtual Reality, or FVvr, pronounced “fever.” It’s the second step in social study teacher John Zingale class’s partnership with Fort Vancouver, an effort to bring the fort to a global audience using new technology.Using an application called Qlone, students created 3D scans of more than 100 artifacts from Fort Vancouver’s collection. From needles to buttons, and dessert plates to chamber pots, glove-wearing students used iPads to take dozens of photos of the historical objects. From there, the application creates a virtual model with which visitors to Fort Vancouver Virtual Reality’s website can interact with either on their computer or using a virtual reality headset. The website can be found at www.itechfvvr.org.Zingale’s students have been working on different phases of the project for about two years. In 2016, his class developed a virtual tour using 360-degree cameras to take photos at various sites around the national historic site so people could explore without going in person.last_img read more

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