Innovative class turns students dreams into virtual reality

When the Gridley Middle School in Tucson, Ariz., added a virtual reality class in the fall, 13-year-old Rashad Stevenson was sceptical.

But he was truly surprised at how much he liked it. Laura McGill/ CBS News The course, he said, taught him “to keep your imagination open. Don’t let people shut it down.”

In the class, 6th and 8th graders design and model their own virtual reality projects; anything from video games, to military equipment to a frosted donut. Its a pilot program developed with the Raytheon Corporation, the giant aerospace and defence contractor.”

What were trying to do is invest in today to insure that well have the engineers and technical professionals that well need in the future,” said Laura McGill, the company’s deputy vice president of engineering.

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