Hampton Middle School students launch science SOL review
Posted on 04/24/2018
Hampton Middle School student demonstrating use of Google Expeditions software

Hampton Middle School launched its eighth-grade science SOL review a different way this year, bringing classroom science exploration to a whole new level. The Science 8 SOL encompasses sixth, seventh, and eighth grade science curriculums, making this review a daunting task.

Rather than teachers using brief review packets, the school’s instructional technology coach, Victoria Dunlap, brought in representatives from Google Expeditions to introduce students to 3-D augmented-reality technology. Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool that allows a teacher to be a “guide” on virtual field trips all over the world; and in this case, out of this world. Students explored the solar system and the history of space exploration; and learned about DNA, chromosomes, and ribonucleic acid (RNA), a nucleic acid present in all living cells.

Students “oohed and ahhed” in reaction to the vivid 3-D views of planets, spacecraft, space suits, DNA, and the inside of different space capsules in the NASA space program.

“You could see all the rings around Saturn, review the inner and outer planets, see the Asteroid Belt up close and even go inside the space craft and space suits of the beginning space expeditions,” said Dunlap.