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Reston students travel around the world with virtual reality

RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Students in Reston got the chance Thursday to travel to far off places without leaving their classroom.

The took virtual field trips through Google Cardboard, traveling all around the country, across the globe and beyond.

Google chose Ideaventions Academy, a math and science based school, to test their expeditions.

"It's amazing, I love the 3D graphics. I've seen pictures before, I've never had that feeling where you look around, see something different," a student said. 

"I don't think I've ever shown a powerpoint and gotten that oohh ahh," Mariana Pabon, a biology and chemistry teacher. 

This is not your typical learning environment. Ideaventions Academy is a private STEM-based school, but Google approached all sorts of classrooms from private, public and charter schools to test Google Cardboard.

"The idea if they do something themselves they'll retain that. The Google experience adds to that so they don't forget," Ryan Heitz, school co-founder, said. 

Google has partnered with the Smithsonian and other museums to bring the trips to students who may not be able to go in person. Google hopes to bring these expeditions to thousands of schools.

The pilot program will continue and the company hopes to launch Google Cardboard by the end of the school year.

These expedition kits are at no cost to school at the moment, but that could change

if you would like google cardboard to come to your children's school during this testing period you can sign up here

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