Virtual reality Imaginarium launched as part of Keepin' it Real project

Through co-designed educational engagement activities, the Keepin' it Real project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the science related to disease control.

The programme combines science learning with art and design for cross-curricula classroom activities. This design-led initiative brings together researchers and professional practitioners from virology, arts, engineering, education, science communication and community engagement, in partnership with a family of schools within the Batley Multi Academy Trust.

Using virtual reality (VR) technology, the Imaginarium art and science exhibition, launched on 12 July. The virtual gallery showcases work that has been created by students on the Keepin’ it Real programme this year.

The project was led by University of Leeds' Dr Briony Thomas, Lecturer in Design Science and the leadership team included Dr Indira Banner, Lecturer in Science Education and Dr Morgan Herod, MRC CDA Fellow and University Academic Fellow.

The project is sponsored by the Medical Research Council Public Engagement in Science Fund, the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, and the University of Leeds.

Find out more about the Keepin’ it Real project.