BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--What’s the news: T-Mobile is teaming up with Prisms of Reality (Prisms VR) to easily connect virtual reality (VR) headsets to the Un-carrier's leading 5G network, enabling students and teachers across the country with interactive math and science lessons designed to close the opportunity gap in STEM.
Why it matters: In order to give students access to new technologies like VR, first they need fast connectivity in places that has historically not been available. More than 19 million people in America live with limited access to the internet, creating a barrier for students of all types to participate in new learning opportunities.
Who it’s for: Anyone looking to empower students with new learning opportunities.
T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) announced today that it is working with Prisms VR, a learning platform pioneering a new paradigm for math education, and Lenawee Intermediary School District (LISD) to deploy Prisms VR's learning programs on Meta Quest 2 VR headsets connected to T-Mobile 5G across 11 school districts in rural Michigan. The collaboration brings new learning opportunities to thousands of students who might miss out otherwise due to poor and unreliable network connections often found in rural areas and creates opportunities for schools across the country to easily connect millions of students with the latest technologies using 5G.
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Prisms VR — a T-Mobile Accelerator graduate — enables students to build lasting proficiencies across core middle school math and science topics while solving real world problems. Since its deployment in 2022, LISD has reported improved lesson engagement and retention, with 80% of students who participated in the program saying they better understood the concepts and received higher grades.
Since Prisms VR's graduation from the T-Mobile Accelerator program in 2021, the Un-carrier has worked with the company to help rapidly scale its solutions, including $425 thousand awarded in funding for VR headsets distributed to 20 schools so far. While the program with LISD is the first that transfers and shares headsets across such a wide area, Prisms VR is already active across 28 states and regularly leverages T-Mobile 5G in schools that require the additional network capabilities offered by the nation’s largest, fastest and most awarded 5G network.
"Our work with Prisms VR is just another example of our goal to bring 5G innovation to everyone," said John Saw, EVP, Advanced & Emerging Technologies, T-Mobile. “From major cities to small town America, our 5G network is inspiring and creating opportunities for students to connect with the world around them like never before.”
Available to schools across the U.S., Prisms VR relies on a strong and reliable network connection to run its programs. While some schools can tap into strong Wi-Fi networks, many across the country are working on outdated systems that aren't always reliable, which is where T-Mobile 5G comes in.
Even schools in urban areas that have access to reliable internet can benefit from leveraging T-Mobile 5G with Prisms VR. With only so much time in the day, connecting 30 plus VR headsets to school Wi-Fi systems and making it through the necessary permissions for each device eats up valuable learning time. Using T-Mobile's 5G solution, VR headsets can be used as soon as they are turned on, eliminating the need for timely login processes.
"Our mission at Prisms VR is to make math relevant and connected to the world that students want to live in," said Anurupa Ganguly, CEO and Founder of Prisms VR. “VR powered by T-Mobile 5G allows us to democratize access to visceral experiences that empower students to build connections with current and compelling problems and abstract up to math models & equations from there, rather than memorizing procedures in a sterile vacuum. With recent advances in spatial computing, we finally have the opportunity to teach STEM disciplines how they should be taught: through one’s own life experiences.”
"A major roadblock our teachers have in implementing new technologies like Prisms VR is often due to unreliable network connections," added Ann Smart, Educational Technology Consultant, Lenawee Intermediary School District. "Prisms VR came to us with the recommendation to use T-Mobile 5G paired with their learning programs, which we've been able to easily adopt use at over 15 schools in rural Michigan, with outstanding responses from students and teachers."
T-Mobile is the leader in 5G with the country’s largest, fastest and most awarded 5G network. Covering more than 98% of Americans across 1.9 million square miles, T-Mobile has the ideal 5G network with the breadth and capacity to meaningfully support students across the nation with new learning opportunities. T-Mobile also works to connect millions of eligible students in underserved areas across the country through Project 10 Million, an initiative aimed at closing the digital divide in education by offering free wireless hotspots and connectivity.
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About Prisms VR
Prisms VR, founded in 2020, is pioneering efficacious learning experiences in virtual reality. Backed by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, Prisms VR is the first spatial learning platform for K-12 STEM education, scaling a new way of learning core math and science that actualizes pedagogies that we know work best. In 2023, Prisms VR launched its VR math modules for consumers via the Meta Quest Store, bringing joyful and spatial math learning to anyone: Students, teachers, tutors and parents. To learn more about Prisms VR, visit www.prismsvr.com.
T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. For more information please visit: https://www.t-mobile.com.