Virtual reality helps students think of career choices


Spartanburg County School District 2 teamed up with SC Works and Cooper Standard to bring virtual reality into the classroom.

Cooper Standard makes ceiling parts in Spartanburg County for GM Trucks. 

This morning 9th graders got the chance to use the virtual reality gear for the first time.

Students put on goggles and held controllers in their hands.

During the simulation they saw a vehicle which burst into smaller parts.

Those parts were built at Cooper Standard, students are able to touch and grab the parts.

In the simulation students could see which profession made the parts and learned more about that career. 

The district says, “This first-of-its-kind experience is possible through a collaborative effort with SC Works, and a grant provided by the Southern Institute for Manufacturing Technology that was funded by the National Science Foundation, Clemson University, and the Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-Schools (CA2VES). Additionally, The Spartanburg County Economic Futures Group provided money to purchase the computer. The District purchased the VR kits.”

SC Works is asking more businesses and new industry to reach out to them to develop more programs like this to help young students learn more about careers. 

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