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Students at Howard County’s Application and Research Lab test new virtual reality gear

Students at Howard County’s Application and Research Lab test new virtual reality gear

High school students at the Applications and Research Lab are using state-of-the-art virtual and augmented reality equipment to immerse themselves in their virtual creations as part of classroom instruction in the school’s visual arts and architectural design academies.

The new classroom equipment comes from a $150,000 donation made by Brendan Iribe, a 1997 graduate of Atholton High School and co-founder of Oculus VR technology company. Managed by Howard County public schools’ educational foundation Bright Minds, donation funds were used to purchase 22 Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets and touch controllers – about $450 per set – as well as Alienware computer hardware – about...

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