AR, which stands for Augmented Reality, and VR, which stands for Virtual Reality, are without a doubt the technologies of the future which are becoming increasingly immersed into our present day experiences. The idea behind these technologies is that it makes the task of imagining a world that is different from our current reality much easier, more realistic, and a lot of fun. Engineers are always thinking about how to solve the world’s problems, so join us as we learn about AR and VR technologies and how they are making a difference in our society!

Explore the fascinating world of AR/VR technology. These resources help you to learn all about this virtual world and how it works. 

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Have fun and learn more about AR and VR by trying out some hands-on activities.

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Be Inspired by hearing how AR and VR technologies are making a difference in your peers’ lives, and even possibly in yours – now or in the future! 

  • Learn how AR and VR can offer capabilities for students with special needs in this Tech and Learning article.
  • Learn how AR is helping autistic students “see” their emotions in this IEEE Spectrum article.
  • As a classroom teacher, Jullia Suhyoung Lim came to realize that living with autism is simply just another approach to life. Still, she found that helping autistic students could be a challenge. Watch this video from ISTE on how she hopes to use AR to bring social transformation to autistic students.
  • Check out how AR is used by Mattel to enhance the Hot Wheels consumer experience in this video from Engadget
  • Wonder what the work environment of the future could be? Check out this video from Meta Quest that demonstrates VR meeting spaces.

Have an idea on how to make a positive difference in your community? Be creative! Then share with the TryEngineering family to inspire others to do the same.

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    • Write down at least one new thing that you learned about AR and VR.
    • Think about how to inspire others and make a difference in your community.
    • Have you, a family member, or teacher share your work on Facebook using #tryengineeringtuesday. We want to hear from you!  
    • If you tried any of the activities, make sure you download your IEEE Communications Society Badge. Collect them all and store them using this Badge collection tool.


Thank you to the IEEE Communications Society for making this TryEngineering Tuesday possible!