MEL Science sells VR chemistry lessons to UK schools


Educational startup MEL Science is selling virtual reality (VR) chemistry lessons to schools across the United Kingdom, the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday. The company said it released 28 units, available on Google Cardboard and Google Daydream devices, in partnership with VR kit manufacturer and distributor RedBoxVR.

One of the features the company boasts is the “teacher mode” which allows the educator to use a tablet to facilitate learning, as well as to assess the students’ progress.

“The biggest challenge for chemistry teachers is to visualize basic chemistry concepts,” said MEL Science founder Vassily Phillipov. “We believe that VR is a great tool to explain the things that cannot be seen.”

The UK-based startup was founded in 2014 and raised $2.5 million in series A funding round for its subscription-based science kit project for children. Enhanced education opportunities have also attracted bigger names, such as tech giant Google which released its Expeditions app in July. It is advertised as a VR teaching tool enabling teachers to guide students through collections of 360° and 3D images.


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