Jonah Firestone explores the future of education from a utilitarian laboratory.

The only equipment in the lab on the second floor of the Washington State University Tri-Cities library are two monitors connected to high-end computers.

But from there, with the help of a headset, you can circle the Earth, fight zombies or create 3-D art.

Firestone, an assistant professor of science education, wants to use the equipment to explore ways that virtual reality can help students, teachers and the education process.

“The lab is designed to look at the melding of virtual and augmented reality into education,” he said.

The Virtual Integrated Technology for Assessment...

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