zSpace and MEL Science Partner to Bring Chemistry Concepts to Life for Millions of Students through Augmented and Virtual Reality

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Today at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), zSpace Inc., Silicon Valley-based edtech provider, and MEL Science, London-based VR and hands-on learning science education specialists, announced a partnership to bring MEL Science’s curriculum-based chemistry courses to zSpace’s augmented and virtual (AR/VR) education platform.

Student learning about elements in MEL Chemistry on the zSpace AR/VR Laptop. Image shows electron orbitals in blue.

“What makes AR and VR learning experiences so effective is the ability for students to experiment and explore real scenarios that provide a path to future education and career opportunities,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace.

Today at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), zSpace Inc., Silicon Valley-based edtech provider, and MEL Science, London-based VR and hands-on learning science education specialists, announced a partnership to bring MEL Science’s curriculum-based chemistry courses to zSpace’s augmented and virtual (AR/VR) education platform.

This partnership delivers the MEL Chemistry application and lesson plans to millions of students around the world, expanding content available to zSpace users. As of today, 10 activities for middle school and 39 for high school are available through MEL Chemistry, including lessons and makerspace labs that provide open-ended creation opportunities and hands-on learning activities.

With MEL Chemistry on zSpace, students use AR and VR to experience being inside pure substances, mixtures, and even atoms. MEL Chemistry provides an engaging visualization and explanation of chemistry concepts - from atoms to molecules, including the periodic table, gas laws, and isomerism. This hands-on learning and technology bolstered approach to education enables students to unlock deeper levels of engagement and understanding of chemistry concepts.

“We are delighted to be partnering with zSpace to bring chemistry lessons to life for millions of students. At MEL Science, we are passionate about using the latest innovative technology to enrich education for young people, and embracing interactive VR is a great way for students to build an intuitive understanding,” said Vassili Philippov, CEO of MEL Science.

“What makes AR and VR learning experiences so effective is the ability for students to experiment and explore real scenarios that provide a path to future education and career opportunities,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace. “Our partnership with MEL Science delivers exciting lessons, simulations and experiments that will inspire future chemists and scientists.”

zSpace will be at FETC in Miami, January 15 - 17, 2020, demonstrating MEL Chemistry in booth 1002.

About MEL Science
MEL Science is a science education platform combining hands-on and interactive digital resources for home and school use. Its new VR Chemistry app is the virtual reality component of this, and takes invisible atomic and molecular level chemistry concepts and makes them visible, and in turn, understandable experiences at a human scale. Students can ‘fly’ inside various molecules, build their own in an atomic level makerspace and take quick quizzes to test understanding. Making abstract concepts intuitive is one of the highest value use cases for VR and MEL has developed an effective learning resource, proven to engage students and improve test scores. MEL is built on our belief that real learning is understanding fundamental processes, rather than cramming yourself with isolated pieces of knowledge.

About zSpace
zSpace® powers the global delivery of spatial content. A privately held, venture-backed company located in San Jose, California, it has more than 50 patents. zSpace has already disrupted the education market – more than a million students have benefited from learning with zSpace. Its technology also has applications in healthcare, entertainment, shopping, social media, gaming and more. zSpace was named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, Inc., “Best in Show at ISTE” by Tech & Learning Magazine for three consecutive years and ranked two years in a row on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies. Visit http://www.zspace.com, or follow @zSpace on Twitter.

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