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Touring the World in Virtual Reality

Past study abroad students brought their trips to life with the assistance of NCSU Libraries and virtual reality (VR) during the Global Trekking event in D.H. Hill Library on Thursday night as part of International Education Month.

To help other students and staff visualize the world we live in, four students used Google Earth VR technology to give tours of their time spent studying abroad and on service learning experiences. VR is a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment created using interactive software and hardware and experienced or controlled by movement of the body.

The student presenters and countries visualized included:

  • Alex Dicenso, a business administration major, who gave a tour of Vienna, Austria
  • Jonathon Schertz, a computer science major with minors in psychology and computer science, who gave a tour of several areas in Lebanon
  • Samantha Pace, an industrial design major, who gave a tour of Prague, Czech Republic
  • Camila Restrepo Chavez, a graduate student in higher education administration, who gave a tour of Salamanca, Spain

Immediately following the event, interested audience members were able to visit the VR Studio in D.H. Hill Library to try out the Google Earth VR technology for themselves. As NC State Global focuses on ways to internationalize student experiences on campus, technology like Google Earth VR is an important tool in promoting cultural awareness for all students.

To get involved in other International Month Events, please visit our online calendar.