International Space Station Tour VR

VR Application Profile
Name of VR Application International Space Station Tour VR
Category Space
Date of processing:                                                                27/9/2019
Technical Framework & Key Data Software-Provider: Microsoft Store

Software-Developer: The House of Fables Robaszyński-Janiec sp.j.

Version of app: v1.01

 

Compatible VR hardware systems:

☐  Google Cardboard          ☐  Oculus Rift

☐  Google Daydream View   ☒  Oculus Quest

☐  Lenovo Mirage Solo         ☐  Samsung Gear VR

☐  Lenovo Explorer             ☐  Samsung Odyssey

☐  HTC Vive Pro                  ☐  PlayStation VR

☐  HTC Vive                        ☐  Dell Visor

☐  Acer AH 101                   ☒  Other: ACER OJO500

☐  Oculus Go

 

Compatible operating systems

☐  iOS            Version:……………………………

☐  Android    Version:……………………………

☒  Other: WINDOWS    Version: Windows 10 version 10240.0 or higher

 

Languages available

☒  English                      ☐  Italian

☐  Spanish

☐  German

Learning Content Educational tour of the ISS space station. Incredible 360º technology allows you to feel like an astronaut.
Learning Outcomes Knowledge
The adult learners will be able to:

·       …recall the functions of Space Station

·       …recognize physical laws

 

Skills
The adult learners will be able to:

·       …navigate through a VR environment with the use of sight and hand motion

 

Competences
The adult learners will be able to:

·       …convince of the added value of the ISS as if they were personally there

 

Activities provided Moving between 8 modules you will uncover 40 key areas of the space station that serve as the living quarters and science laboratory for an international crew of astronauts and cosmonauts. Gain an insider’s view of what it is like to live and work onboard the longest, continually inhabited space station to orbit Earth.
Added value
for low-skilled/-qualified adults
The user of this app can virtually join the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti having the feeling of being on board the International Space Station. Guided by the record holder for the longest uninterrupted space flight for a European astronaut, the low-skilled/-qualified adult will learn, without having any specific notion, to know the internal mechanisms of the International Space Station. In this context, the app might provide a much more engaging and motivating way to learn than traditional methods ever could.
SWOT analysis  

·       User-friendliness                  1 ☐    2 ☐   3 ☐    4■
·       Pedagogic orientation
and standards                      1 ☐    2 ☐   3 ☐    4■
·       Applicability level                1 ☐    2 ☐   3 ☐    4■
·       Gamification level               1 ☐    2 ☐   3 ☐    4■

 

*1…very poor/low; 2…poor/low; 3…OK/medium; 4…good/high; 5…very good/high

 

 

STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES
·       …improves learning

·       …improves the spatial visualization capabilities of astronomical figures

·       …stimulates critical thinking

·       …dependence on the hardware platform

·       …discontinuous updates

·       …difficulty finding qualified teaching staff

OPPORTUNITIES THREATS
·       …software creation for many application fields

·       …links between different devices

·       …insert elements of AR

·       …potential privacy problems

·       …any technical problems or delays in the application development phase

·       …failure to reach the required level of experience

Ideal application/utilization  

Context of ideal application

Astronomy and physical laws training.

 

Instructions for preparation

It is very important for the positive outcome of the activity to prepare the virtual reality laboratory in advance. Each personal computer with the connected VR viewer must have all the management software (operating system, drivers) updated. The display must be perfectly calibrated.

The International Space Station Tour VR software will need to be installed as a system administrator and the launcher icon will be available on the desktop. The learner will not in any way be able to change all the system settings.

 

 

Instructions for mentoring

The instructor should explain the astronomy and physical laws concept and give a graphic representation of it on the blackboard through a lecture. The instructor will explain how through virtual reality it will be possible to see in 3D what is shown on the blackboard.

The adult educator will be able to intervene immediately where there are problems of a technical or learning nature.

The adult educator must have prepared a small guide to explain to the learner all the steps of the activity to be performed with the viewer and the International Space Station Tour VR software.

At the end of the activity a questionnaire will be given to assess the activity performed.

 

Do’s and don’ts

Due to small delays (latencies) and small inaccuracies of the gyroscope it is good to move slowly and alternate the virtual immersion activity with pauses by removing the viewer.