vMAX engages students and the general public in the search for worlds beyond our own. With a three year grant from NASA, Frost Science has developed custom resources including a virtual world, supporting curriculum and museum exhibit. Students and museum visitors explore the vMAX virtual world via their avatars, investigating real exoplanets, missions, and data, and immersing themselves in 3D simulations of exoplanetary systems and detection methods–all while interacting with other avatars.

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vMAX features a comprehensive educator curriculum and supplemental resources that can be used with a variety of settings and age ranges.

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Technical Requirements

The vMAX step-by-step video tutorials will help you download and install vMAX for yourself as well as for students or other participants.

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Virtual World Experience

The vMAX virtual world offers students immersive 3D simulations of exoplanet investigation, and has been transformed into an experience for museum guests.

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Project Team

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Private: Dr. Judy Brown

Senior Vice President Education, Emerita 

Private: Cheryl Juárez

Sr. Director, Professional Development 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grant NNX14AD07G. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).