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Your child's next field trip could be to Mars

Your child's next field trip could be to Mars
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These aren't your childhood field trips. Thanks to Google, your kid could venture anywhere from the depths of the ocean to the surface of Mars without leaving the classroom. It's all possible using Google's Cardboard VR viewer, the cutout that can turn any Android phone into a virtual reality gadget.

Google debuted a new VR Viewer feature called Expeditions at its I/O conference this year. Expeditions lets teachers escort students through all sorts of exotic locales, from Italy to Outer Space. The package includes 30 smartphones complete with cardboard VR Viewers and a tablet for the teacher.

Unlike expensive virtual reality tech like Oculus Rift, Google's Cardboard is more affordable for schools because it uses cheaper materials to deliver a VR experience.

"Our goal with Cardboard was really to make virtual reality accessible, affordable, easy and fun," said Clay Bavor, a VP of Product for Google.

Next page: Learn more about Google Expeditions and how to make your own Cardboard VR viewer
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