Engineering Reality - Virtual Reality


Virtual Reality is a popular new technology with many potential applications. But what is it and how does it work?
In this lesson, students will find out what virtual reality is and how it came to be. They will experiment with depth perception to find out how virtual reality viewers work, and get hands on experience with virtual reality viewers and images.


In this introductory lesson of a four lesson project, students will immerse themselves in the 3D world of virtual reality (VR). As an anticipatory set, they will watch a short video and ponder how new technologies affect our perception of reality. They will learn what virtual reality is and explore the history of VR.

Students will learn how a VR viewer works, see a demonstration of its use, and get hands on experience with VR viewing. They will participate in an experiment with a partner to analyze their depth perception. To conclude, they will read an article about Google Cardboard, an app that lets an ordinary android or iPhone take virtual reality pictures.

A worksheet to accompany this lesson has been included.

You will need at least one virtual reality viewer for two of the sections in this lesson. There are a variety of virtual reality viewers on the market in a wide range of prices. Google makes one at the lower end of the price range - a single viewer for $15 or two for $25:

Lesson Times

One class period
95 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Technology
K-12 Subjects
  • Technology Education
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Define virtual reality
  • Explain how a virtual reality viewer works

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