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Oregon Episcopal School partners with Google Expeditions Pioneer Program

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A group of students from Oregon Episcopal School had the chance to explore places a world away – without leaving their classroom. 

Thanks to a partnership with the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program, students were submerged into the deep water, exploring the ocean floor through an immersive virtual journey. 

"It's amazing," said a student. "Like, I can't believe it. I feel like I'm actually there."

But it’s more than fun and games – it’s learning. 

"We embrace chaos and lots of energy," said science teacher Anna Rozzi. "We think that learning should be active and engaging and I don't know what better visual there is than a kid screaming in excitement and wonder." 

The program allows the users a 360-degree, comprehensive view into another world – whether it's Antarctica, Machu Picchu or the streets of New York City. The virtual journeys are designed to be used by teachers to help their students learn.

"They are experiencing a world outside of Portland while they're sitting in their classroom, so it's a pretty cool opportunity for them," said Rozzi. 

So while the field trip may not be real, it may be the next best thing.

This was Google Expeditions first use in an Oregon school. According to Google's website, there are more than 100 virtual reality journeys to explore.

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