Discover a new world in the Virtual/Augmented Reality (VAR) Lab at Penn State Behrend. The VAR Lab works with students, the community, and industry partners to implement augmented and virtual reality solutions.
The VAR Lab can help:
Enhance the learning environment
Recreate historically important venues in AR/VR to bring the world to Pennsylvania students (e.g., Fort Le Boeuf)
Methods of recreation include using visually and spatially accurate lidar scans of existing venues and designing 2D/3D digital models when scanning is not an option
Address training gaps in the workplace (e.g., virtual training simulations)
Promote well-being and mental health
Focused on increasing the accessibility, affordability, and availability of mental health initiatives
Penn State Behrend’s augmented and virtual reality programs, including the VAR Lab, are ranked No. 9 among colleges on the East Coast and at No. 26 nationally, according to Animation Career Review, an online resource that helps high school students find the top university programs in animation, game design, and graphic design.