Virtual Reality Launch Pad Workshop
Intro:  Me & my mission for VR in education & how I can help participating educators & innovators, 10 minutes


Body:  Guide learners through process of activating Mattel VR headset & connecting to Google Expeditions.
            - Lead learners through Google Expeditions virtual field trip, 20 minutes
            - Educators pair up to guide each other through Expeditions & understand both sides of the VR app, 10 minutes

            - Lead educators into High immersion with the HTC Vive, 10 minutes



Conclusion: Where to go from here, other potential launchpads/collaborations & resources,  10 minutes


Total time60 minutes​

Workshop Format (learners)

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Northern Recharge Afterschool Conference (educators) - Glendale Middle School, 11FEB17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - 4H (educators) - Utah State University - 28FEB17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Woodrow Wilson Elementary (learners) - 15MAR17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Magna Library (learners) - 21MAR17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - 8th Ward Scouts, South Ogden (learners) - 09MAY17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Historic Scott School (learners) - 19JUN17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Lincoln Elementary School (learners) - 13JUL17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Historic Scott School (learners) - 27JUL17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Woodrow Wilson Community School (learners) - 28JUL17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - PAL Community Center South Salt Lake (learners) - 31JUL17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Kearns Library (learners) - 12SEP17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Copper Hills Elementary 3rd Graders (learners) - 09OCT17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Copper Hills Elementary 4th Graders (learners) - 09OCT17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Sandy Library (learners) - 10OCT17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Riverton Library (learners) - 17OCT17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Hunter Library (learners) - 07NOV17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - Bud Bailey Community Center (learners) - 20NOV17

Virtual Expeditions Workshop - 8th Ward Scouts, South Ogden (learners) - 28NOV17

Virtual Reality Blast Off - Level Up Finisher's Party for 3rd Graders (learners) - 30DEC17

Virtual Reality Blast Off Workshop - Woodrow Wilson Elementary School (learners) - 25JAN18

How to Add Google VR to Your EdTech Toolbox Workshop - Salt Lake Community College (educators) - 26JAN18

Virtual Reality Blast Off & Intro to Unity Game Engine - 8th Ward Scouts, South Ogden (learners) - 10FEB18

It's All in Your Head(set) at Tumbleweeds Film Festival - Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City (learners) - 12:10PM, 01MAR18

It's All in Your Head(set) at Tumbleweeds Film Festival - Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City (learners) - 1:00PM, 01MAR18

It's All in Your Head(set) at Tumbleweeds Film Festival - Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City (learners) - 1:50PM, 01MAR18

It's All in Your Head(set) at Tumbleweeds Film Festival - Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City (learners) - 10:00AM, 03MAR18

It's All in Your Head(set) at Tumbleweeds Film Festival - Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City (learners) - 3:00PM, 03MAR18

It's All in Your Head(set) at Tumbleweeds Film Festival - Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City (learners) - 10:00AM, 04MAR18

It's All in Your Head(set) at Tumbleweeds Film Festival - Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City (learners) - 1:15PM, 04MAR18

Virtual Reality Blast Off - Kearns Library (learners) - 05MAR18

Virtual Reality Blast Off - Eagle Bay School 6th Graders (learners) - 12:35PM, 12MAR18

Virtual Reality Blast Off - Eagle Bay School 6th Graders (learners) - 1:20PM, 12MAR18

Virtual Reality Blast Off - Eagle Bay School 6th Graders (learners) - 2:15PM, 12MAR18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Riverton Library (learners) - 20MAR18

Virtual Reality Blast Off - Horizonte Instruction and Training Center (learners) - 21MAR18

Virtual Reality Blast Off - Cyprus Park Complex (learners) - 21MAR18


How to Add Google VR to Your EdTech Toolbox Playground - Utah Coalition for EdTech (UCET), University of Utah (educators) - 10:00AM, 23MAR18

How to Add Google VR to Your EdTech Toolbox Workshop - Utah Film Center (UFC) & Utah Coalition for EdTech (UCET), University of Utah (educators) - 1:00PM, 23MAR18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Magna Library (learners) - 30MAR18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Eagle Bay School 5th Graders (learners) - 12:35PM, 09APR18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Eagle Bay School 5th Graders (learners) - 1:20PM, 09APR18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Eagle Bay School 5th Graders (learners) - 2:15PM, 09APR18 


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Pleasant Valley 3rd Ward Cub Scouts Blue & Gold Banquet (learners) - 6:30PM, 10APR18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Payson Jr. High School Gifted & Talented (learners) - 9:00AM, 11APR18


Virtual Reality Developer Training (Pilot) - Payson Jr. High School Gifted & Talented (learners) - 11:00AM-2:20PM, 11APR18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Herriman Library (learners) - 3:00PM, 12MAY18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Weber State University, English Department (learners & educators) - 3:00PM, 04JUN18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Sandy Library (learners) - 3:30PM, 09JUN18


Virtual Reality Launch Pad - CTE Summer Conference, Skyridge High School, Lehi (educators) - 12:15PM, 13JUN18


Virtual Reality Launch Pad - CTE Summer Conference, Skyridge High School, Lehi (educators) - 12:15PM, 14JUN18


Virtual Reality Launch Pad - CTE Summer Conference, Skyridge High School, Lehi (educators) - 3:00PM, 14JUN18​


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Kids Code Convention, Neumont College of Computer Sciences (learners) - 8:00AM, 16JUN18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Kids Code Convention, Neumont College of Computer Sciences (learners) - 9:30AM, 16JUN18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Kids Code Convention, Neumont College of Computer Sciences (learners) - 11:00AM, 16JUN18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - Kids Code Convention, Neumont College of Computer Sciences (learners) - 1:00PM, 16JUN18


Virtual Reality Blast Off & Virtual World Building Summer Camp - Magna Library (learners) - 7:00PM - 9:00PM, 19-21JUN18


Virtual Reality Launch Pad - STEM Best Practices 2018 — Amp it Up!, Davis Conference Center (educators) - 7:00AM - 3:30PM, 20JUN18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - The Leonardo Museum (learners) - 1:30, 22JUN18


Virtual Reality Blast Off & Launch Pad - Access Salt Lake, STEM Executive Director Tami Goetz, Zoe (the Dive!) & Joel McKay Smith's young ladies (learners & educators) - 11:00AM - 3:30PM, 05JUL18


​Virtual Reality Launch Pad - Accelerant AVPN Virtual Vision, Franklin Covey (educators) - 11:00AM - 2:20PM, 12JUL18


Virtual Reality Blast Off & Launch Pad - Accelerant Roadshow, Utah State University Eastern, Price (learners & educators) - 10AM - 3:00PM, 27JUL18


Virtual Reality Launch Pad - Granite Schools CTE, Sandi Hemmert & Ed Mondragon (educators) - 10:00AM - 2:00PM, 31JUL18


Virtual Reality Launch Pad - Utah Rural Summit, South Utah University, Cedar City, Joel's strategic reservation (educators) - 10:00AM - 5:00PM, 02AUG18


Virtual Reality Blast Off - The Leonardo Museum (learners) - 1:30PM, 03AUG18


​Virtual Reality Blast Off & Virtual World Building Summer Camp - Junior Achievement City, The Discovery Museum, Gateway (learners & educators) - 8:00AM - 12:00PM, 06-07AUG18


Virtual Reality Blast Off & Launch Pad - DIY Festival, Craft Lake City, Gallivan Center (learners & educators) - 5:00PM - 10:00PM, 10-11AUG18


Virtual Reality Launch Pad - STEM Director Alison Sturgeon & engineers, Hill Air Force Base (educators) - 10:00AM - 2:00PM, 30AUG18​​


​Virtual Reality Blast Off - Hunter Library (learners) - 4:30PM, 20SEP18


​​Virtual Reality Blast Off & Jr. VR Developer Course - Dell EMC, Draper (learners & educators) - 10:30AM - 1:00PM, Saturdays, 22SEP18-27OCT18


​​Virtual Reality Blast Off - STEM Family Night, Rosamond Elementary School (learners) - 5:30-7:00PM, 11OCT18


​​Virtual Reality Blast Off - Refugee Youth Conference, Salt Lake Community College, Redwood Road Campus (learners) - 9:20AM-1:00PM, 16OCT18


​Virtual Reality Launch Pad - Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah, Dr. Robert Zheng's class (learners & educators) - 2:00-4:00PM, 18OCT18


​Virtual Reality Blast Off, Virtual Reality Launch Pad & Jr. VR Developer Course (snippets) - Mountain America Expo Center, Sandy (learners & educators) - 9:00AM - 8:00PM & 9:00AM - 2:30PM, 23OCT-24OCT18


Virtual Reality Blast Off & VR Panelist for Computer Sciences - Northern Utah STEM Expo, Davis Conference Center (learners) - 8:45AM-7:30PM, 05NOV18

Workshop Format (Educators)

Virtual Reality Blast Off Workshop
Intro:  Me & my mission for VR in education & how I can help participating kid-innovators, 5 minutes
            - Introduce VR, conduct VR Q&A (candy reward for participation), 5 minutes


Body:  Guide learners through process of activating Mattel VR headset & VR apps, 25 minutes
            - Lead learners into High immersion with the HTC Vive, 10 minutes
            - Gather student opinions & initiate peer-to-peer discussion with mini-questionnaire (chance to be entered into drawing for Daydream VR headset), 10 minutes


Recap - Kahoot! competition ("What do you know about Virtual Reality?" Kahoot! link) to assess student knowledge retention & gather data, 15 minutes
Conclusion - Reward Kahoot! champion w/ VR headset (photo opp), "moving forward with VR" Q&A, return headsets & devices, 5 minutes


Total time75 minutes​

VR Apps included with workshops


Previous Workshops

VR in Education