Aditya Vishwanath: Making VR STEM Learning Accessible to all Schools
SPIFFY: Hi Aditya! Thanks for joining me on this beautiful day. Could you please tell me about what challenges you’re addressing at Inspirit?
SPIFFY: That’s so fun! Science should engage our curiosity. Why did you decide to take on immersive STEM learning?
SPIFFY: SCIENCE FOR ALL!! :D What sort of milestone does that platform represent for you? What does it do?
Aditya: I mentioned that we’re launching our complete virtual science lab platform for the world to use for free. It’s a collection of experiences that do everything from taking you into the microscopic world of a plant cell or the DNA in your body, to the surface of the moon where you learn the laws of motion, to vibrant chemistry labs filled with fun hands-on experiments. This platform allows students at home today to travel to impossible locations and learn by doing.
SPIFFY: What failures have you faced on this journey? What did you do to overcome them?
SPIFFY: Quick thinking! What’s something you’ve learned unexpectedly from someone recently?
Aditya: A friend baked a cookie for me last week. I was quarantining alone away from my family, and was working intensely on the company with my co-founder and team, and this heartwarming gesture made my day! It reminded me of the incredible joy of sharing and the thrill in small everyday experiences of life.
SPIFFY: Sharing joy is part of why I love being a journalist. Thanks for talking with me today.
Aditya co-founded Inspirit Learning, a virtual reality science platform, and is a PhD candidate and Knight-Hennessy scholar at Stanford University. His research takes a human-centered approach towards developing immersive learning experiences. Previously, he worked with the Google Education team where he studied how low-cost VR toolkits could be integrated into school curriculum. He also works at MakerGhat, a non-profit makerspace and incubator that works with underserved youth in Mumbai. (Aditya was nominated for Spiffy’s interview by Unshackled Ventures)