Children are now able to take a school bus trip to Mars thanks to the Generation Beyond initiative that created high-tech, immersive vehicles. Lockheed Martin wants to offer the best Mars experience to the United States children, and the school bus trip to Mars will be available for kids all over the country.
The Generation Beyond initiative is hoping to bring “the science of space into thousands of homes and classrooms across America.” The initiators of the program are trying to model the next generation of thinkers, the children that will shape the future.
The curriculum created for the Generation Beyond initiative is available on-line. Every teacher from the United States can consult it in order to bring innovation to their classroom.
Children are more prone to learn a certain thing or to become interested in a subject if it is presented to them in a fun, engaging way. That is why Lockheed Martin is focusing on the entertaining side of science.
Marilyn Hewson, President, and CEO of Lockheed Martin declared that “Our children, the elementary, middle and high school students of today – make up a generation that will change our universe forever. This is the generation that will walk on Mars, explore deep space and unlock mysteries that we can’t yet imagine. They won’t get there alone. It is our job to prepare, inspire, and equip them to build the future.”
Thanks to the innovative thinking of Lockheed Martin, children will be able to take a school bus trip to Mars. And they won’t have to spend months on their way, either.
Using advanced state of the art visual software, the Lockheed Martin School Bus takes children on a trip to Red Planet with the push of a few buttons. The engineers that designed the program used NASA footage and recreated a 200 square miles surface that is displayed on the bus’s windows.
While riding the vehicle, the children are told fun facts about the Red Planet while the footage is played in the screens that double as windows. The School bus trip to Mars is the first immersive VR experience designed especially for the purpose of educating children in a public transportation vehicle.
Lockheed Martin is not a stranger when it comes to space missions. The company has assisted NASA in numerous of its endeavors, including the last trips to the Red Planet.
Image source: Pixabay