Google’s Expedition app provides interesting and informative VR field trips for students, and now you can join in on all the fun, too.
Paired with Google Cardboard, the app allows for VR exploration of a wide variety of places and destinations, ranging from a human’s inner ear to the stratosphere. (You don’t need Cardboard to use the app, however it makes the experience a lot cooler.) The Expedition app, one of Google’s many fun educational tools for students, is currently available in the Google Play store and is expected to hit the Apple App Store soon.
Since it’s meant for the classroom, you can use the app as a guide (teacher) and pick the “expeditions” or as an explorer (student) and follow along on an expedition. The guide and explorers all have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi networks, and you can’t be an explorer without a guide.
There are a ton of expeditions to go explore, including big name attractions (The Great Wall of China; the Congo; US National Parks: Mt.Rushmore, Yosemite and Yellowstone), as well as lesser known — but still noteworthy and beautiful — places, like Jiuzhaigou National Park, underwater American Samoa, Fernando de Noronha and 5 Points Queens. Aside from the obvious nature and architecture options, you can also explore human anatomy, like “The Magic School Bus” — but less colorful, and the careers of accomplished and creative individuals, like “metal artisan” Rob Ferraroni and aquarist Vicki Sawyer.
The app has a built-in search function, but there’s no menu with easy-to-browse categories, just one long stream of expeditions — like an Instagram feed. It is a free educational app, however, so its simple functionality is forgivable. As such, the Expedition app’s interesting bevy of VR field trips, from the obvious to the obscure, makes it a worthy download for those who consider themselves students of life.