There’s no denying that VR technology is having an increased impact on our daily lives. If you’ve not yet experienced slaying zombies in VR, I urge you to do it – but stay away from the damn clowns! Fortunately, VR is making waves in more than just the gaming sector, and education is getting in on the action too.

Let me introduce you to Blue Ocean VR, the amusement arcade of the future.

Situated in Bedford Centre in Johannesburg, Blue Ocean VR, on the face of it, looks like an updated version of an old-school arcade. But scratch deeper, and you’ll find that they’re geared up to make a real difference in the lives of many young students. I chatted to Eric from Blue Ocean VR, who detailed his plan to have schools participate in events at his venue, whereby scholars will be exposed to VR in very unique ways. Together with teachers from various schools, they’re giving students the opportunity to experience things like painting in VR, walking and interacting with extinct animals, learning about World War II in VR, taking VR-enabled trips to places like the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China, and much more. Eric is helping to breathe some much-needed light into classrooms – and the kids are lapping it up.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be a scholar to enjoy this. Blue Ocean VR is pushing corporate functions, which sees groups being given various tasks to complete in VR, and this is taking team-building to an interesting place. We’ve known for a long time that there’s huge potential in this technology, and I’m happy to see that it’s now becoming more inclusive and accessible to everyone thanks to the big dreams of Eric and his team at Blue Ocean VR.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.