Gateway Academy to celebrate school choice with opening of Virtual Reality Lab


Pictured above: Brandon Esser wears a virtual reality headset and “travels”to Times Square in New York City.

How can virtual reality serve education? Gateway Academy will address this question and celebrate school choice at the grand opening of its Virtual Reality Lab at 9 am on Jan. 23.

Hundreds of legislators, educators, parents, and students will attend the event, which will feature a keynote address by Arizona Director of Implementation for the American Federation for Children, Sarah Raybon. During the grand opening, Gateway Academy students will demonstrate how virtual reality can be used to make studying more exciting and effective.

This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2019, which will feature more than 40,000 school choice events across all 50 states.

“The strongest proof that virtual reality can aid the education system is, in a way, the human brain,” says O. Robin Sweet, executive director and CEO at Gateway Academy. “The brain tends to remember 10% of what it reads, 20% of what it hears, and 90%of what it does or simulates. Let’s see what virtual reality can bring to the table for education in 2018 and beyond.”

Gateway Academy is a private school serving students in grades K-12 with a focus on Twice-Exceptional (2E) Students. Gateway Academy is the only school in Arizona State specializing in a population of students who are both academically bright and diagnosed with high-functioning autism (Asperger’s syndrome).

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