Eighty-five students from 13 districts in Great Prairie AEA came together to participate in Virtual Reality Education Pathfinders (VREP), a student-led, competency-driven, producer-oriented, project-based approach to learning that utilizes cutting edge virtual reality and 3D tools. More simply put, “Students Leading & Learning in 3D.” Sessions held in Burlington & Ottumwa gave districts the opportunity to participate in a two-day training given by other Iowa students who have had success with the program.
The students used Blender (a free 3D graphics application) to create “Gus,” a virtual Gingerbread Man. This process helped them learn about the program/ tools, 3D modeling/ rendering and lead into animation. Participating districts included: Burlington, Cardinal, Central Lee, Chariton, Moravia, Mount Pleasant, New London, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa, Pekin, Wapello, Washington and Winfield. Washington students who participated in the VREP 2 day training sessions were: Grant M, Lauren S, Sarah G, Jacob H, Colton W and Colton T. Thank you to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation for providing us a grant that helped purchase the VREP program and software!