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With a new immersive and interactive learning facility students at Coomera Anglican College are landing on Mars.

The future-focused centre, also known as The Pod, features the latest in immersive and interactive technology, designed to take learning out of the traditional classroom.

The climate controlled, 360-degree Imaginarium is the centrepiece of the new learning facility, featuring six laser projectors and cinema quality surround sound creating a seamless 360-degree sensory experience without the need for wearable technology. It sounds pretty cool, right?

This innovative learning environment is designed for primary school kids and it sounds like it’ll make school even more fun for them. The climate-control technologies add another dimension to the visual and audio experience to teleport students from the icy cold environments of Antarctica to the sweltering Sahara Desert and even off planet to Mars with the flick of a switch – or more accurately, the wave of a wand.

Actual footage is fused with CGI for a realistic and immersive learning experience taking our kids anywhere in the universe.

Coomera Anglican College principal, Dr Mark Sly says The Pod’s immersive, interactive and collaborative learning environment introduces students to future-focused learning, placing this facility at the forefront of the new age of education.

“The Pod is a first for any educational facility in Australia, which we believe will meet the needs of our students in a rapidly changing technological landscape,” Dr Sly says. “This new facility is supporting the way we’re changing our approach to learning which is enquiry-based rather than content-based teaching.

“In a world where the future of education will soon see virtual and augmented reality, robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting and drones as the norm, we identified the need for a facility that was flexible enough to move and adapt to change, but also have some key design elements to address some of the current and expected technological advances.”

Visiting the pyramids of Egypt before morning tea, Antarctica after lunch and finishing off the day with an excursion to Mars is now a normal day for kids at Coomera Anglican College.

With robotics, interactive touch screen displays, 3D printing, writeable walls, a 360-degree climate-controlled immersive environment, smart glass and an indoor drone flying space, these primary students are now the architects of their learning.

Visit www.cac.qld.edu.au/facilities/the-pod

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