Virtual reality check in Hawker

TECHNOLOGY: A virtual reality experience is being introduced in Hawker. PHOTO: ANSTO.
TECHNOLOGY: A virtual reality experience is being introduced in Hawker. PHOTO: ANSTO.

Hawker residents will be taken on a virtual reality (VR) experience at the atomic scale to witness the wonders of science.

A VR booth was set up in the Kimba office for the proposed national radioactive waste management facility on Monday, September 17.

A booth is set to be introduced in the Hawker office very soon.

The new VR experience, created by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), shows viewers how neutrons work inside Australia’s multi-purpose Opal Reactor.

The neutrons help produce nuclear medicine, irradiate silicon for industry or be part of a research experiment.

Local communities in Hawker and Kimba can also use the technology to watch the ANSTO staff at work inside the reactor floor. 

Rod Dowler from ANSTO’s Discovery Centre said the technology gives residents in Hawker and Kimba an insight into how tiny neutrons can benefit all Australians.

“From health, to researching our environment, supporting industry and helping create new technologies that help us live more sustainably, nuclear science is vital to our future,” he said.

“This VR technology means that we can explain more clearly to everyone, and particularly school students, how the OPAL reactor works and we hope this creates a spark of interest in science that may lead them into a STEM career.”

ANSTO is offering free cardboard headsets in Hawker and Kimba, giving residents the chance to take the VR experience home.