Since time out of mind, teachers have worked hard to find new and increasingly interesting ways to motivate students both inside the classroom and beyond. While the promise of a successful career and a better understanding of the world are both worthwhile, they don’t necessarily help students connect the dots between abstract concepts and real-world applications.
A nonprofit focused on STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math), Ignited connects teachers with science and tech professionals, giving them specialized, hands-on experience to better prepare and inspire their students. This summer, we partnered with Ignited to bring a group of educators to Facebook’s Menlo Park campus, where they worked on VR-related projects for the classroom—from physics experiments and writing code for robots to documenting best practices. And today, we’re excited to share their story.