During HPC’s weekly Friday meeting, Director of HPC Asya Shklyar transformed the entire meeting room into an interactive project space for HPC Support members. “Let’s move the chairs to make room,” Asya said, “that way we can use the board to document all the programs associated with different fields of study in VR.” The students began moving chairs and collaboratively working together to get the space to function. Soon, the meeting room became its own VR work space.
Students were able to actively learn how to connect all the equipment properly and how to begin engaging with every individual program. Asya then requested the students to organize the programs by their specific fields of study, ranging from Biology to Economics to Linguistics. The idea was to curate various VR experiences in order to prepare for demonstration to faculty and students. Throughout the process, students learned how to troubleshoot individual issues with the equipment while also engaging with the programs that are associated with various fields of study.
Through the interaction, students had their questions answered about how to link the VR equipment properly and how to run the programs. In the end, it was a highly engaging Friday that saw the participation of multiple students and the engagement from those who’ve never used VR before (like me).