Google Expeditions

Three Virtual School Trips to Russia

Three Virtual School Trips to Russia

Transforming educational experiences

MediaCombo produced three dramatic Google Expeditions that take students on virtual visits to Lake Baikal in Siberia, to several characteristically Russian places in Moscow and to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. You can explore a gallery from the Cosmonautics Museum in the panoramic image below.

(Hold your phone up and move around to see the 360° image)

Students at participating schools use Google Cardboard and the Expeditions app for Android or iOS devices, to immerse themselves in 360° panoramic images of typical scenes in Moscow: a ballet rehearsal; a subway station at rush hour; shoppers at a food market; a skateboarder circling the largest sculpture of Lenin’s head. Each image offers carefully chosen points of interest with informative explanatory text.

Our virtual field trip to Lake Baikal captured typical winter activities like ice fishing, and even people taking a sauna in a portable banya, and then climbing into the lake through a hole in the ice to cool off. We included visits to observe Buddhist Monks chanting at the Involginski Datsan near Ulan-Ude, as well as rural parishioners at their little Orthodox Church by the side of Lake Baikal.

MediaCombo’s Michael Owen traveled to Russia and teamed up with two Russian companies VRability and GigaPano to produce the project.

(Hold your phone up and move around to see the 360° image)

Fun Fact 1

Moscow’s metro stations were built with the intention of being ‘palaces for the people’. Their marble walls, chandelier lighting, and other precious materials make the interiors look like palaces or cathedrals. Imagining walking through one of those everyday!

Fun Fact 2

The first living Earth creature to go into space was a dog! Her name was Laika and she is the only animal honored on the Monument to the Conquerors of Space.

Fun Fact 3

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world and it passes through 7 time zones, making it a world record!

Virtual Reality Production
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  • VR production
  • location filming
  • script writing
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    Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality


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