Math Teacher Gives Distance Education Through ‘Half-Life: Alyx’

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A math teacher in the USA used Half-Life: Alyx for distance learning due to a coronavirus outbreak. The teacher explained 7th grade math topics through City 17 in the game.

One of the measures taken against the new deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), which has spread all over the world after being detected in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China, has killed 22,169 people so far. Charles Coomber, who taught math at a school in San Diego, California, USA, published an interesting distance learning video.

Using Half-Life: Alyx, the recently released virtual reality (VR) game, Coomber taught lessons using dirty glasses and highlighter in the dystopian City 17 in the game. Alyx players can also perform operations in other regions, such as extending cigarettes to the mouse or playing a fully functioning piano.

Here is Alyx lesson given to 7th grade students of Mathematics:
In these exercises using glasses, pens and erasers on the terrace of a greenhouse in Alyx, Coomber taught 7th grade subjects of mathematics. Subjects such as neighboring angles and wholes angles were covered in the course, which was put on Reddit and lasted for 15 minutes.

Half-Life: Alyx tells a story seen as the introductory part of Half-Life 2. In the game, Alyx Vance and her father, Eli Vance, are fighting Combine, an alien empire that controls the Earth. The game takes place before Gordon Freeman returns to Half-Life 2. Designer David Speyrer said that this is not a episode or episode, but a “next part of the Half-Life story” of the same length as Half-Life 2. According to VRScout, the game takes between 10 and 15 hours to complete.

It is not known whether Coomber’s students have reached the lesson because, based on the comments on YouTube, those who comment are generally irrelevant. On the other hand, the video reached over 300,000 views.

Half-Life: Alyx, released on March 23, was developed using Valve’s Source 2 engine, described as the “flagship” VR game. Half-Life: Alyx supports all PC compatible VR headsets.


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