About the program

“In The Footsteps of History” is a tech-forward social studies enrichment program comprising both complete units with lesson plans, as well as immersive VR Walkabouts, that place students in pivotal moments of world history. Educators and students, alongside modern-day expedition leaders, were involved in curriculum development designed to maximize engagement through student-centered VR*, games and learning activities.

Complete units

Guided by renowned explorers, visceral and inspirational ‘In the Footsteps’ journeys build knowledge, expand world views, and foster respect for other cultures, all the while demonstrating that through passion, hard work and perseverance, even the seemingly impossible becomes possible!

Some of the extraordinary men and women featured are household names, while others ought to be. All are heroes in their pursuit of knowledge and adventure, not just because they conquered mountain peaks and endless deserts, but also for the steely resolve with which they faced down the racial, gender and social prejudices of their times.

Complete units are aligned with state standards and have attached lesson plans, graphic organizers, videos, teacher scripts, and extensions for all levels. Lessons are crafted to build on each other and emphasize reflection, analysis, and discussion. Prompts for written work and optional assessments are included. All grades will enjoy creating art and learning through team competitions.

VR Walkabouts

Experiential learning right in your classroom! Want your students to descend into a WWI trench? Or stand atop a Mayan pyramid in 850 CE? How about climbing aboard a Viking longship? Capture their imaginations with dozens of transportive, historically accurate experiences that offer myriad opportunities for exploration. Scenes come complete with prompts to stimulate critical thinking, checks for understanding, and self-driven research.

VR Walkabouts

Experiential learning right in your classroom! Want your students to descend into a WWI trench? Or stand atop a Mayan pyramid in 850 CE? How about climbing aboard a Viking longship? Capture their imaginations with dozens of transportive, historically accurate experiences that offer myriad opportunities for exploration. Scenes come complete with prompts to stimulate critical thinking, checks for understanding, and self-driven research.

Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

– Ibn Battuta, Moroccan scholar and explorer

I am so happy that In the Footsteps has created a way for young people to interact and learn about the world and its history, cultures, and geography. In an era of travel bans and stereotypes, I cannot think of a better way for us to bring peace to our planet as we ready the next generation to define the world they live in.

- Dr. Lobat Asadi, PhD Education: Texas A & M University, lecturer at Harvard Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley