HistoryMaker VR

Target Audience
  • Teen
  • Adult
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Meta Rift

HistoryMaker VR is a virtual reality content creation tool where learners can embody and perform as famous U.S. figures. Students can create the scene, pick their props, upload and recite their script, and export their performance to share with classmates and teachers. The tool is free for educators, who are interested in using VR in their classrooms.

HistoryMaker VR features eight diverse U.S. historical figures, spanning from the 1700s to modern-day. (in chronological order)

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Abigail Adams
  • Tecumseh
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Clemens)
  • George Washington Carver
  • Sonia Sotomayor

HistoryMaker VR is the perfect complement for social studies, history, and civics classes in both middle and high school. This standards-aligned experience can be seamlessly integrated into classrooms. Lesson plans, sample activities, and implementation instructions are available for download.

The prototype for this tool was funded in part by a Phase I grant awarded by the Department of Education IES Small Business Innovation Research program. It also received additional funding from the Department of Education in a Phase II grant.

Honorable Mention Middle School and Up 2021 James Paul Gee Learning Games Award
Winner Silver Medal 2021 International Serious Play Awards
Nominee Best VR/AR App or Tool 2020 Tech Edvocate Awards
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HistoryMaker VR is supported in part by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program contract 99190019C0040 to Schell Games. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.