Google To Virtually Take Einstein Charter School Kids To The Great Wall Of China, Borneo Rainforest

NEW ORLEANS – Einstein Charter School students will get to experience Google’s virtual reality field trips through its Expedition Pioneer Program on Friday, December 4, 2015, at Einstein Charter School – Sarah Towles Reed, 5316 Michoud Blvd., from  7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

         Einstein Charter School students in grades 5 through 8 will go on virtual field trips to the Great Wall of China and Borneo Rainforest from their classrooms through Google Expeditions produced through smart phone technology and seen via Google cardboard viewers.

         “We could not be more thrilled to partner with a leader in technology like Google,” said Einstein Charter Schools CEO Shawn Toranto. “Einstein is at the forefront of STEM based education and this is another opportunity for us to encourage our students to embrace the technology that affects them in everyday life.”

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         The field trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video, ambient sounds — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make the easy to integrate into curriculum already used at Einstein’s schools.

         “Einstein Charter Schools at Sarah Towles Reed is on a mission to become the most innovative STEM program in New Orleans and this is a fantastic way to kick it off! “ said principal Tiffany Cherrie.

         Einstein has also partnered with Chevron Oil and Project Lead The Way to provide the hands-on pre-engineering and computer science programs for middle school students.  In addition, Einstein recently received a grant through Greater New Orleans Foundation to enable the start of digital media and video programs. The school was also recognized by Samsung as a Louisiana Finalist in the Solve For Tomorrow contest to grow its culinary arts and agricultural programming to create a teaching garden on the school grounds. This garden’s fruits and vegetables will be used by students in the school’s culinary arts program to be inaugurated next year. Already a winner of two Samsung Galaxy Tablets, Einstein could be awarded up to $40,000 should it advance to the finals.

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         “We are committed to developing the most hands-on, engaging and individualized school programming in New Orleans,” said Principal Tiffany Cherrie.

         The school is now accepting applications for all grades and including its inaugural class of Sarah Towles Reed High School. 

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