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Pupils could take virtual trips to Mars under new initiative

PUBLISHED: 17:03 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:03 16 November 2016

Pupils using Google Expeditions in the classroom

Pupils using Google Expeditions in the classroom

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Google is encouraging schools to sign up to its education programme

Schools in Bexley and Bromley are being encouraged to sign up to a free programme that could see pupils take virtual reality trips to Mars, the Great Barrier Reef and other exotic locations.

Google Expeditions aims to take 300,000 youngsters in London on trips to places they could never otherwise reach, helping them to learn about topics on the curriculum without leaving the classroom.

Destinations range from museums and natural wonders to underwater, outer space and inside the human body, while pupils could also experience careers at Aston Martin or in the operating theatre.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said: “Virtual reality can spark students’ imagination and help them learn about topics like how blood flows through the human body or the impact climate change is having on the Great Barrier Reef, in an engaging and immersive way.

“We can also take a class through one of our new career Expeditions, which inspires students to think about their future professions by taking a virtual trip to work environments like a hospital operating theatre or behind the scenes at Aston Martin.

“We’ve already received feedback from thousands of teachers in the UK and they believe that Expeditions can improve literacy and writing skills, and help create excitement to complement traditional teaching methods.”

Schools wishing to sign up to the programme can do so at: http://www.google.co.uk/edu/pioneer-program/

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