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Tools for Schools awards VR venture

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Onalaska, WI (WXOW) It’s Christmas come a little early for a forward thinking classroom at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Onalaska. The 6th grade class is the latest winner of our Tools for Schools award.

Already well-versed in science technology engineering and math, or STEM concepts, the class expects to use the $750 dollars from WXOW, SSE Music, Brenengen Auto and Dependable Solutions to purchase more virtual reality equipment. They’re currently using VR technology to explore the world from the comforts of their classroom.

“We’re tricking them into learning–it’s wonderful!” said Joe Fetcenko, the 6th grade teacher and athletic director for the school. “It’s just so cool to see their excitement in their faces as they get to see a new place that they’ve maybe never been able to go to or maybe going back in time.”

Kids have used the VR goggles and programming from Google to “walk around” places like Ancient Egypt and the Eiffel Tower in France. This sort of learning, Fetcenko said, is a rising tide that lifts all aspects of their education.

“It’s a new way of thinking through. There’s a lot of problem solving that goes into it. It’s giving them some tools to prepare for the next level and get them excited for future careers in technology as well.”

Each month, WXOW, SSE Music, Brenengen Auto and Dependable Solutions choose a teacher or classroom to receive the $750 Tools for Schools award. To apply, click here!