Google boss promises VR in schools

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, is set to announce plans to bring virtual reality to one million UK school children.

The Google Expeditions project will see collections of linked VR content and supporting materials that can be used alongside the curriculum made available to schools enabling teachers to take classes on virtual field trips to museums, outer space and so on.

The Google Expeditions team will be visiting school children in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Newcastle and Inverness in the next couple of months.

“Virtual reality can spark students’ imagination and help them learn about topics like how blood flows through the human body or the impact climate change is having on the Great Barrier Reef, in an engaging and immersive way,” said Pichai.

The announcement came as the firm also outlines plans to increase its Google Campus at King’s Cross by adding a brand new building, designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) which also designed Google’s North Bayshore office, in Mountain View.

This new King’s Cross campus building will be the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the United States. Once completed, the Google Campus will be able to house 7,000 employees across three offices across more than one million sq ft.