Half a million students have now taken a virtual reality field trip

Were you an art student wowed by Barcelona’s architecture? A budding scientist inspired by Switzerland’s CERN? Perhaps you are now a historian who is still moved by the memory of visiting France’s Somme battlefields.

School trips are powerful, educational tools that shape the adults we grow into. Not every school has enough funding to take students away on site visits however. And not every parent can afford costly travel fees.

That’s why we think it’s amazing that in just a few months, half a million British students have travelled the world in virtual reality. All with the help of Google Expeditions.

The educational platform launched in the UK last autumn, allowing schoolkids to experiencing hundreds of the world’s most incredible destinations, from the awe-inspiring Egyptian pyramids, to the deep underwater ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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