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Washington Students Transport Halcyon House Residents Around the World

Posted: Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 6:26 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Iceland, Mt. Everest, and navy ships were a few of the places that students took Halcyon House residents to on Wednesday through virtual reality. Washington Middle School Talented and Gifted program students visited Halcyon House and showed residents how to use virtual reality goggles. Eighth grader Mollie Klinzman explains, “We are taking the residents here on virtual reality places. So what we’re doing is going to show a picture and you can spin them around in a wheelchair and show them the entire picture. And it’s really a neat thing to do because some of them may have past stories about that place. And it’s really cool because they may never get to see that place.” She adds that her favorite expeditions are tours of Europe.

You hold up goggles and can spin 360 degrees to see the site, as though you were standing at that very spot on Earth. Another person then reads information about that specific expedition. Resident Clive Peterson enjoyed the opportunity, “Well, it’s pretty amazing how you can see above, and below, and behind you, that you were really in the place.” The extended learning program at the middle school and high school is taught by Connie Svenby and has also visited the United Presbyterian Home.