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Virtual-Reality Learning Experiences at the Library

The fun and excitement of educational virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have come to the Mount Isa City Library for the school holidays.


Until Friday, July 12, school children are encouraged to book in for a session to use the City Library’s VR headset or take part in its AR experiences.


Library Coordinator Lois Huston said the library had borrowed a top-of-the-line VR headset from the State Library of Queensland and would be running sessions where participants can play “The Lab” video game, experiencing mini-games where they can, for example, explore the Solar System, go inside the human body, teleport from place to place on Earth, and even climb over mountains.


“We’re really excited these July school holidays, because we're focusing on new technology,” Mrs Huston said.


“We’re taking four people each session, because we’ve only got one headset per person and we want everyone to get the best experience possible.


“We want to get Mount Isa to be able to experiences some new technologies for fun and for free.”


There will be three VR sessions during each week of these school holidays – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 10am-11am and from 11am-12pm.


Bookings need to be made for each session, and the experiences are recommended for children aged 9 and up. Adult supervision is required for children aged under 12.


“It's very exciting and it's really great that we're able to borrow that sort of gear from the State Library of Queensland,” Mrs Huston said.


The AR experiences come in the form of iPads used with colouring-in sheets. Through the use of a special app, the subjects on the sheets – including a pirate, teddy bear and volcano – come to life on-screen.


There are two AR sessions each week – on Mondays from 2.30pm-4.30pm. They are free to take part in and bookings are not required. They are suitable for children of all ages.


To book for the VR sessions, drop in and visit the Library on West Street or call them on 4747 3350.