VREP 2.0

Free training focuses on leading a Virtual Reality program

We are offering free teacher training this summer on how to lead a Virtual Reality (VREP) program in your middle or high school. (The training is also available for low-cost renewal credit.) In this course, you’ll learn the basics of Blender, a free digital arts program, and how to facilitate the course in which students do 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and more.

By bringing VREP to your school, you empower students as they take ownership of their own learning, gaining real-world skills that are useful in many career areas (graphic design, filmmaking, industrial design, etc.). PLAEA schools have had success with VREP as an elective course, and it fits well in the Technology, Industrial Arts, or Art departments. The course can also work well for independent study or as a J-term or May term offering.

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This class will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 21 and July 28 at the PLAEA office in Pocahontas. Some online work is also required.

Contact Torrey Proctor for more information.

Getting Started

Blender Beginner Series is required before proceeding on the paths listed below. The first project that students will complete is the donut (pictured).

In addition, these four core learnings are foundation skills that are shared across numerous disciplines and are a suggested next step after Blender Beginner:

  • Hard Surface Modeling
  • Lighting
  • Materials & Shading
  • Rendering

Students can choose from these paths which can be completed in any order:

  • 3D Printing
  • Animation
  • Architectural Visualization
  • Character Creation
  • Compositing
  • Digital Painting
  • Digital Sculpting
  • Grease Pencil: Combine 2D with 3D
  • Landscapes+ (clouds, plants, & more)
  • Physics Simulations
  • Python for 3D Artists
  • Rigging
  • Video Editing
  • Video Game Development
  • Virtual Reality Creation
  • Visual Effects (VFX)
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