Palmer High School Students exploring virtual reality

(COLORADO SPRINGS) — Students at Palmer High School can enroll in a work-based course that gives them an internship-like experience.

Students began working on virtual reality software incorporating displays at the Space Foundation.

“We’re using the Microsoft HoloLens 2 and we had those donated by the U.S. Navy,” said Sean Wybrant, Teacher at Palmer High School. “And we were having conversations with the Space Foundation about, well, how could we make space accessible for other people? And they said ‘well, what can your kids make?’ And I said, ‘my kids can make all kinds of things.’ So that’s how it kind of worked out.”

The course teaches students what working in a technology role would be like in creating projects and designs for clients.

“Having the Space Foundation being an actual client for us has allowed us to have real-life experiences that we wouldn’t usually have outside of school,” said Samantha Manuszak, Senior at Palmer High School. “We do projects for them. So they contact us and they ask us [to] do projects they work on helping us fundraise and stuff.”

Students could experience first-hand the virtual reality world and see their work shown right in front of their eyes.

“So the fact that it’s like not fully discovered excites me because it’s an opportunity, because I can do whatever I want,” said Keyshawn Burgess, Senior at Palmer High School. “Like, there’s not many professionals in these fields, and this is my time to strike and see what I can make out of it