For the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about how to get kids interested in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. Some worry that, with the rise of automation, these jobs will eventually be replaced by machines. Others believe that, with the right education and inspiration, the next generation can be leaders in the field of STEM. One way to get kids interested in STEM is by using virtual reality (VR).
There are many ways in which virtual reality can be used to inspire the younger generation. For example, it can be used to give them a realistic experience of what it’s like to work in a particular field, such as engineering or medicine. It can also be used to take them on virtual field trips to places they might not be able to visit in real life. The successful integration of virtual reality could have a profound impact on the way we learn. For the younger generation, in particular, VR has the potential to be an inspirational tool that can engage and motivate them like never before.
It’s All About Engagement
When students are bored or lack interest in their subject matter, they tend to forget or miss out on content. Interactive and immersive activities are proven to engage people emotionally and motivate them to learn. Allowing learners to apply taught concepts in real-life situations. These activities also encourage collaboration and problem-solving. Rather than attempting to make sense of a complex written equation or find the real application of specific teaching, VR breaks down barriers and provides a safe environment to showcase and inspire.
Case Study: The Next Generation of Semiconductor Engineers
The semiconductor industry is one of the most important and influential industries in the world. It is responsible for the development and production of electronic devices and components that are used in a wide range of products, from computers and mobile phones to TVs and cars. The semiconductor industry is a key driver of economic growth and innovation, and it is essential that we inspire the next generation of leaders to take a career in this sector.
There are many reasons why the semiconductor industry is an excellent choice for a career:
- Firstly, it is a highly technical and specialised field, which means that there are plenty of opportunities for those with the right skills and knowledge.
- Secondly, the semiconductor industry is constantly evolving and changing, which means that there are always new challenges and opportunities to explore.
- Finally, the semiconductor industry is a global industry, which means that there are plenty of opportunities to travel and work with people from all over the world.
The problem is that many students do not know much about the semiconductor process, its importance or what the industry even looks like. This is where the team at Imersifi, in collaboration with Prof. Owen Guy (Swansea University), created an engaging VR application where individuals can experience a semiconductor clean room and learn a simplified lithography process.
Find out more: https://imersifi.com/projects/lithography/