The Passaic County Freeholders approved Google Expeditions to include Historic Dey Mansion in Wayne to its virtual reality database.
Google Expeditions allows educators to bring students on virtual reality field trips, providing students an opportunity to learn about museums, historical landmarks, and other points of interest. Google Expeditions photographs each location and pieces them together to provide a 360 view. The Google Expeditions app can utilize a Virtual Reality (VR) headset, but it is not required.
Additionally, Google provides the app and documentation services free of charge. Passaic County has officially joined the vast partnership, which includes WNET, PBS, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Planetary Society, to name a few. Google Expeditions provides an opportunity for students to bring distant places such as the Great Wall of China or the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza into the classroom, but an equally important part of their mission is to make this service as accessible as possible.
The program offers kits, which include routers that allow the app to run without an internet connection and tools to turn student’s smartphones into VR headsets.