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These stories look at how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are being used in state and local government to train employees like firefighters, EMTs and social workers. Includes coverage of VR and AR use in K-12 and higher education, as well as VR and AR startups building platforms geared toward government.

Project (VR)², launched by Viability and supported by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, is using virtual reality technology in its vocational rehabilitation program to gamify workforce readiness training.
From firefighting and social services to increased accessibility, public-sector agencies are using virtual and augmented reality to improve how staff train to interact with citizens — and it’s only the beginning.
A National Institute of Standards and Technology-funded study, conducted by Health Scholars, aims to evaluate the efficacy of using virtual reality to train emergency medical services personnel in pediatric assessment.
A Johnson C. Smith University project will give individuals a view into the destruction of historical Black neighborhoods of Charlotte, N.C., through virtual reality tech. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.
As the definition of literacy evolves to include digital and technological literacy, libraries are also evolving to include new technologies in their offerings to meet a wide range of community needs.
The youth sports advocacy group has partnered with the educational nonprofit TeachAids to share its CrashCourse software curriculum with athletes, parents, coaches and administrators in NCYS programs nationwide.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services in Texas has incorporated augmented and virtual reality into its training process, allowing first responders to prepare more effectively for mass-casualty events.
A York County, Pa., police department recently became the first in the nation to agree to lease a 3D virtual reality training system for five years, with officers saying that the program feels just like real life.
Even unintentional racial bias can have long-lasting impact, particularly when making decisions about kids in the foster care system. Training via virtual reality can help eliminate those biases in the field.
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has partnered with OmniLife VR to bring educational virtual reality technology into its classrooms, with the goal of creating new learning experiences and keeping kids engaged.