06 Dec 2021

Ballymahon Vocational School embraces the virtual world

State of the art Virtual Reality Arcade opening in Tullamore this weekend

Students at Ballymahon VS recently got an insight into the emerging world of virtual reality

As part of Midlands Science’s promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths [STEM] education in association with Athlone Institute of Technology, students at Ballymahon Vocational School got an insight into innovation courses and careers in the emerging world of virtual reality and augmented reality through an interesting workshop with Deaglan Campbell of Athlone Institute of Technology and Geoff Allen of Mersus Technologies.

The students explored a new course in AIT which focuses on design, technology and innovation and provides students with a unique set of skills for working in the digital economy.

In today’s world, design and innovation play a huge role well beyond the creative industries – finding solutions to problems that impact upon every aspect of our lives. 

Given this rapid pace of change, the agile providers of products and services have to constantly blend design, technical, business and innovation skills to remain competitive.

Students had a unique opportunity to hear about this from Geoff Allen of Mersus Technologies, Ireland’s leading virtual and augmented reality company, which is based in Athlone.

In his inspiring discussion with students, Geoff Allen stressed the need to continue learning throughout life and to be interested in what is coming next, as the world is being changed so fast by technology.

He also brought along virtual reality headsets which allowed the students to experience the world his company does, in this case the headsets allowed the students to see a diamond processing plant in South Africa from their classroom in Ballymahon !

Commenting, Jackie Gorman of Midlands Science said: “We are delighted that Deaglan Campbell and Geoff Allen took the time to share their experiences of innovation and technology with the students in Ballymahon, as it has provided them with a unique insight into the changing world of work and how technology is making those changes.

"We hope that students will take on board the experience of today and be fully informed about the variety of opportunities that STEM now offers to students in the midlands.”

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