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Education In Fundamental Sciences In VR Environment

This hurdle is even more evident when the teachers need to convey an abstract concept, one that exists particularly in a micro realm. But, there is a way to overcome this obstacle. Seeing how a virtual reality (VR) evolves and gets accepted by more businesses and consumers during the last few years, it becomes clear that we can employ this new technology in teaching methodology especially regarding the natural sciences.

Those who have already put the VR into their educational practices report increased numbers in the percentage of the kids getting involved, increased interaction, increase in the knowledge beeing retained and reproduced. Plus, the students say it is fun to use it. No wonder the technology gains more popularity month after month. Another opportunity that it offers is that we can build a virtual science lab inside the VR environment in which we could create all the experiments and phenomena replications that we need in order to better convey the laws, rules, and principles. especially those abstract ones from the micro and nano realm by putting the students "virtually" in the middle of the "action" that is going on in there. The potential that the technology allows is enormous, almost limitless.

We also need to adapt, or change if you wish, to multi-disciplinary (inter-disciplinary) education approach. Of course, after we first define the basic physical, chemical, and biological measures, sizes, and processes. This is why the education of the new age, as I like to call it, have to be performed on several levels - ideally three.

This century is a breaking point for many reasons, and for many things. After a lot of revolutions in the history of mankind, especially those during the last few decades that completely changed the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us (computer, informational - the Internet, and digital), we are on the verge of another great revolution, and the virtual reality technology plays a huge role in it.
Written By Miroslav Konstantinovic 06/01/2017
The fundamental sciences represent the core of our existence. They are all around us. They teach us about the world, or worlds, that we are a big part of. These sciences consist of laws and rules that were gathered over the long period of time by the scientists in various fields. Until now, they were taught in schools as individual subjects. However, this approach no longer produces satisfactory results. A new interdisciplinary teaching method is needed, and VR plays a huge role in it.
 
A mankind had always been puzzled with a thousand questions about our role and purpose in this universe since the beginning of time. So, we started to observe this world of ours. And, as our knowledge grew and expanded, as we started to realize that there might be other worlds out there, which brought the understanding that we weren't the center of the galaxy (or galaxies), we began to see the bigger picture. But, that only raised more questions.

A human is a natural and psychological being. It means that in everything we do (or do not do) lies some natural or psychological, or both, principle(s), or it is an exemption of the same. This alone tells a lot about how complex is the world that we live in. And, it only gets more so with every new major and minor scientific discovery. Why? Because we then realize, in fact, how little we know of the world around us and ourselves.

Up to the point of the late 20th century, these laws and principles were taught in schools separately within the individual scientific subjects: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy, sociology and psychology, and so on. This approach and teaching methodology worked until a few decades or so ago. We have become aware that, as our advancements in technology and knowledge of the theory of information (as well as the advancements in other areas) grew and moved forward, the problems we were trying to solve became more complex and required more interdisciplinary approach. As a result, new scientific fields formed, like quantum medicine, quantum chemistry, molecular biology, mathematics and physics, and so forth. As these names suggest, they were a mix of mostly two major scientific fields as a result of two major scientific theories interconnecting at one point and expanding from there on.

However, there are numerous recent studies all over the world that point out a major decline in students retention of the knowledge from the mainly natural sciences and mathematics. There are a number of factors that cause this, but one essential is a lack of equipment is the school science labs to perform experiments. The children get to know their environment mainly by observation, as the early scientists did in the times when a scientific method as a technique to investigate a phenomenon was not yet introduced.