U.S. Navy Bringing Virtual Reality Experience to El Paso Schools
U.S. Navy Bringing Virtual Reality Experience to El Paso Schools

U.S. Navy Bringing Virtual Reality Experience to El Paso Schools

From February 21-25, national Navy leadership will visit Parkland, Pebble Hills, J.M. Hanks, CCTE, William H. Burges and Jefferson high schools, as well as UTEP and Western Technical College, in search of high-ability students who have what it takes to excel in cutting-edge STEM fields, such as nuclear engineering, cryptology, IT and health care.

Navy leaders also will discuss the $180,000 NROTC Scholarship Program, which pays full college tuition for students with exceptional credentials.

The main attraction at the Parkland High, UTEP and Jefferson High visits will be the Nimitz, a mobile, state-of the-art virtual reality experience that simulates a high-speed rescue of Navy SEALS under fire.

“The Navy chose to visit El Paso because of its diverse population and the multitude of bright and driven young people in the area who would benefit greatly from a Navy career,” says Lieutenant Commander Claudia Alday, a native of El Paso, who helps lead Navy Outreach and Diversity efforts. “We want students throughout El Paso to understand that the Navy is a smart career choice, and we are prepared to invest in exceptional student leaders.”

The Nimitz Virtual Reality Experience
So, what exactly happens inside the mobile, 18-wheeler, Nimitz virtual reality experience? Participants go through a video briefing before strapping on an Oculus Rift headset and a piece of wearable technology called a SubPac (traditionally used by Club DJs) that percusses in real time to the sounds of the mission. Participants navigate the mission using a cutting-edge steering wheel and throttle system that replicate the actual sensation of piloting a high-speed SWCC while extracting SEALs. Once finished, participants move to the debriefing station, where they receive feedback and a performance grade. Video preview of the Nimitz.

Schedule of Events:


Monday, February 21

Parkland High School

5932 Quail Ave, El Paso, TX 79924

Nimitz Virtual Reality Experience, 8:30 am-4 pm

Pebble Hills High School

14400 Pebble Hills Blvd., El Paso, TX 79938

Classroom presentations, 9am-3 pm

J.M. Hanks High School

2001 Lee Trevino Dr., El Paso, TX 79935

Classroom presentations, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Tuesday, February 21

Center for Career & Technology Education

1170 N. Walnut, El Paso, TX, 79930

Classroom presentations, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Western Technical College

9451 Diana Dr., El Paso, TX 79924

Classroom presentations, 9:30 am-Noon


Wednesday, February 22

University of Texas – El Paso

500 W. University Ave., El Paso TX 79968

Nimitz Virtual Reality Experience, 9 am-4 pm

Thursday, February 23

William H. Burges High School

7800 Edgemere Blvd., El Paso, TX 79925

Classroom presentations, 9-11:30 am


Friday, February 25

Jefferson High School

4700 Alameda Ave., El Paso, TX 79905

Nimitz activation, 8 am-4 pm

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