A K-12 school in virtual reality

Sep 20, 2018 by Can Olcer

At Kosmos, we’re building a K-12 school that exists only in virtual reality. In this post, I want to clarify what we mean by that and explain why this is important.

What do we mean by that?

We mean exactly what we say: Kosmos School has no physical buildings or constraints. It only exists in the virtual reality. Kosmos is a project-based school, and for every project teachers and students meet in real-time in a different world or environment to continue working on that project. Our first project, Rocket Escape, takes place on a foreign planet.

While we start by offering stand-alone projects (or classes), our goal is to become a full-fledged, accredited school as soon as possible. Today, students can enroll in single projects that are additional to their schools in the “real” reality. Our projects offer a fun, effective way to develop hard skills like physics and math, but also soft skills like empathy, collaboration and critical thinking.

Why is this important?

Virtual reality is the next computing platform, and it’s unique because it has the potential to be a space where people work, play and learn. Today, access to education is limited by money, quality and geography. Only kids that get all three factors can enjoy an excellent education.

VR feels like you’re really there. When kids build a rocket, it feels real. That’s because it’s almost real. The skills kids learn are relevant for the real world.

It’s important to build schools in virtual reality because we can make high-quality, cost-effective schools that are not limited by your geographic location. It’s important because increasing access to education for every kid on Earth is the basis for a better tomorrow. It’s important that we do it now because we need to accelerate the development and acceptance of VR. The sooner we get to great VR technology, the sooner society can reap the benefits.