Burleson students pilot a high-speed assault craft, extract Navy SEALs from Enemy Territory through U.S. Navy New Virtual Reality Experience
BURLESON, Texas – (Oct. 24, 2017) – The U.S. Navy drops anchor at Burleson High School Thursday, Oct. 26, to feature a new virtual reality experience to students. Named the Nimitz, the Navy’s immersive, mobile display built into a state-of-the-art 18-wheel vehicle, introduces a virtual reality experience where students pilot a high-speed assault craft and extract Navy SEALs from enemy territory.
The Nimitz visits Burleson High School (100 Elk Drive, Burleson, TX, 76028) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26.
Navy sailors speak about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, before inviting students to step into the virtual reality experience. Students go through a video briefing before strapping on an Oculus Rift headset and a piece of wearable technology called a SubPac (traditionally used by Club DJs) that percusses in real time to the sounds of the mission, such as helicopter blades whirling and live mortar fire. Participants navigate the mission using a cutting-edge steering wheel and throttle system that replicate the sensation of piloting a high-speed assault craft while extracting SEALs. Once finished, participants move to the debriefing station, where they receive feedback and a performance grade.
“We are excited to introduce today’s Navy experience to some of the best and brightest in the Fort Worth region,” says Captain David W. Bouve, National Director of Navy Marketing and Advertising at Navy Recruiting Command. “To reach a high-caliber pool of recruiting prospects, we’re working to encourage STEM engagement across the country.”
The event is part of a variety of community activities in celebration of Fort Worth Navy Week. Fort Worth is one of 15 host cities for Navy Week this year.
The virtual reality experience will also be at the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, October 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ABOUT BURLESON ISD:
Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,200 students at 17 schools, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.
Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler
Burleson ISD Communications