Field Trip To Mars: Inspiring the Next Generation

Every child loves a field trip as they can skip a day from studying and working hard at school. Understanding their state of mind, Lockheed Martin took the concept of field trip to the next level. What if we told you that the first humans visiting Mars would be kindergarteners ?

Lockheed Martin - Mars Experience on https://www.generation-beyond.com/mars-experience

Lockheed Martin – Mars Experience

While this might sound completely crazy, the aeronautical giant transformed a typical yellow schoolbus into a ‘bus to mars’. Part of Lockheed Martin’s “Generation Beyond” Project, the purpose of the experience is to take a group of kids to a space travel via virtual reality.

Lockheed Martin - Mars Experience on https://www.generation-beyond.com/mars-experience

Lockheed Martin – Mars Experience

Framestore, Lockheed Martin and the USA Science and Engineering Festival collaborated to turn the bus windows into virtual reality technology, screening 200 square miles of Martian surface. The experience was built with the same software used for today’s most advanced video games. The system changes and turns according to the directions taken by the bus.

Lockheed Martin - Mars Experience on https://www.generation-beyond.com/mars-experience

Lockheed Martin – Mars Experience

The children were overwhelmed and entirely surprised by the experience as they did not expected anything since they were neither wearing headsets or 3D glasses. These children were not only, the first one to go to on a field trip to Mars, but also the first one to participate in a shared virtual reality experience.

Generation Beyond aims to inspire the younger generation to become tomorrow’s greatest inventors, explorers and innovators. The educational program also launched a smartphone application named Hello Mars, letting kids travel to the planet virtually, detecting it in the sky and check real-time Mars weather reports.

Get a sneak peak of this immersive virtual experience by watching the video below.

Words: Julia Milet


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