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Schools are taking a new approach on learning by taking the children into long walks through the jungle, a swim through the Great Reef Barrier all from the comfortable environment of the classroom. And it seems you can now take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace, too, thanks to David Attenborough.
The Pioneer Expedition Program that helps bring the world to the children, all in the name of education, was launched last September and was initiated by David Attenborough, sir, and the company Alchemy VR. Ever since September, a total of 500,000 children has experienced the feeling of swimming with the dolphins without even getting a strand of their hair wet.
After trying it out, they usually made requests on what they would like to see next, what they would enjoy visiting. And even though the requests were scattered with out of this world places, because we are dealing with children, after all, a surprising majority asked if they could take a virtual visit to Buckingham Palace.
To answer the requests of the students, Google has worked with the Royal Trust Collection to create an Expedition of the palace. The virtual visit is accompanied by an audio guide that relates historical facts, explains the items displayed and even tells them fun facts about the estate and the treasures it harbors. It’s exactly the experience you would have if you were there, with a guide at your group’s side.
Sir Attenborough says he has initiated this program to revolutionize learning and to help develop the young minds of children. Even though they keep learning all the subjects that are thought to them in school, the children will be able, thanks to the Pioneer Expeditions Program, to swim in the Great Reef Barrier alongside clownfish, anemones, sharks, manatees and jellyfish.
The Virtual Reality experience might entice their curiosity as to research a certain subject further. New marine biologists can be born due to a classroom visit at the Great Reef Barrier, or a new historian that fell in love with Buckingham Palace. All that sir Attenborough wanted was to bring the possibility of traveling the world inside the classrooms.
For those of you who are past the school days, but still wish to experience the visit, you can now take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace via a 360 video on YouTube. All you need is a smartphone and a Google Cardboard and you could experience the visit in Virtual Reality.
You can now take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace by viewing the clip below.
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