What do the participants of the VR hackathon have to do with it?
In the autumn of 2020, Russia hosted the national Varwin Education Hackathon for grades 7 through 11. The event was called "The VR Developer: A Career for the Future." During the remote hackathon, 250 students from all over Russia, under the guidance of mentors, developed more than 80 full-fledged projects on the Varwin XRMS platform. These included:
chemical experiments that are dangerous to carry out in a real laboratory;
the Mendeleev's Table project where the main character collects chemical elements;
and a "Distance Learning" project with virtual Geography, Life Safety, Physical Education, English, and Physics classes.
Photos of the VR hackathon participants
Our client, URALCHEM, had a representative at the event. They were a member of the jury evaluating the participants' results. As the hackathon progressed, we began discussing an amazing opportunity. The Varwin team offered the idea of involving the VR hackathon's young participants in a real-life project for URALCHEM. The students would be challenged to build ready-made templates that would simulate the heating of a steam turbine. Having seen the projects of the participants, URALCHEM agreed to their involvement. And under the guidance of our mentors, the "Prestart Heating of a Steam Turbine" 360 VR simulator project was created.