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Virtual Reality Experience Introduces Phoenix Students To Volcanoes

PHOENIX – Volcanic eruptions and lava flowed right before students’ eyes during a virtual reality lesson recently at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School.

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A Phoenix second grader looks into a virtual reality headset to explore volcanoes during a recent science lesson.

Using a smart phone app and virtual reality headsets, Phoenix second graders embarked on a Google Expedition through volcanoes around the world.

Students experienced Erta Ale, Mount Bromo, Dallol and Kilauea volcanic activity.

As they peered through their headsets, they identified craters, witnessed eruptions and discussed molten rocks.

“This is a great way for our students to learn about fast changes in science,” said teacher Melissa Murphy. “It put them right into the lesson and they experienced things they’ve never seen before.”

Following the virtual reality experience, students talked about what they saw and were able to identify metamorphic rocks.