Virtual Reality Kidney Health Expedition

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Description:

We will setup 10 Google Expedition virtual-reality stations at Thornydale Elementary School in Tucson where 350 students can take virtual field trips together and travel inside the human body to increase student engagement and explore their kidney and other human body systems in exquisite detail. Once inside children can hear a heart beating or feel their lungs causing their chest rise and fall or watch their kidneys filtering water and electrolytes in their nephrons.

Purpose:

The purpose of this project is to teach elementary school children about kidney anatomy and health using virtual reality Google Expedition kits to experience education through sensory input systems—hearing, touching, seeing, smelling and tasting— their bodies living organs and tissue. DCI Desert Dialysis and Tucson Masonic Lodge volunteers will work with Thornydale Elementary School teachers and staff to teach 500 students how to use this new technology and integrate it into their biology curriculum throughout a grade PreK-8 STEM program. Students can see, manipulate and dissect within human bodies. During community nights 200-500 people attend sessions from the neighborhood.

Conclusion:

In March and April of 2019 the Virtual Reality Kidney Health CSTEM School Expedition Team met each month to plan, purchase and prepare for the use of 10 Google Expedition virtual-reality stations initially at Thornydale Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, where 350 students could take virtual field trips together and travel inside the human body to increase student engagement and explore their kidney and other human body systems in exquisite detail. Once inside children can hear a heart beating or feel their lungs causing their chest rise and fall or watch their kidneys filtering water and electrolytes in their nephrons. The project was then intended to transition to the Marana CSTEM preK-8 School for further and future use with 500 students.

The purpose of this Project is to teach elementary school children about kidney anatomy and health using virtual reality Google Expedition kits to experience education through sensory input systems—hearing, touching, seeing, smelling and tasting— their bodies living organs and tissue. DCI Desert Dialysis and Tucson Masonic Lodge volunteers are working with Dove Mountain CSTEM preK-8 School teachers and staff to teach 500 students how to use this new virtual reality technology and to integrate it into their biology curriculum throughout a grade PreK-8 STEM program. Students can see, manipulate and dissect within human bodies. During community nights 200-500 people attend sessions from the neighborhood.

It is anticipated that the Tucson and Marana communities will benefit from healthier children and the families. This information was not offered through the school’s staff in any other place within the curriculum to meet the needs of it students. With this goal in mind, we experienced an outpouring of support from the persons at the Desert Dialysis Centers in Tucson and from the Dove Mountain CSTEM school staff and Tucson Lodge partners. The Dove Mountain CSTEM school and DCI teaching group are composed of highly talented, skilled and motivated DCI academic and clinical team members.

We performed planning meetings and work is in place for the Virtual Reality school project implementation. Due to international shipping delays, the equipment was delivered after the initial Project launch date to the school. The scheduled implementation has been delayed and will be transferred to the Dove Mountain CSTEM School to begin its intended use. The equipment was not available for use at the Thornydale Elementary School but is now ready for use at the new Marana K-8CSTEM School as planned previously. Demonstrations and use of the computer equipment will be held at the newly opened Dove Mountain School in Marana this fall semester.

Relationships with Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School, Tucson Lodge, No. 4 and Desert Dialysis Centers were strengthened by interactions during the Virtual Reality Expedition DCI Purpose Project.

Where

Thornydale Elementary School
7651 N Oldfather Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741
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