This Thursday evening representatives from the Immersive Education Initiative, Bent's Old Fort and Otero Junior College will present the Immersive Bent's Old Fort project at The Barista coffee shop in La Junta.

This Thursday evening representatives from the Immersive Education Initiative, Bent's Old Fort and Otero Junior College will present the Immersive Bent’s Old Fort project at The Barista coffee shop in La Junta.

Attendees will get a hands-on introduction to the Minecraft video game version of the fort, and also a hands-on sneak-peek at the new virtual reality (VR) version that is now under development.

Parents, teachers and residents of La Junta and surrounding communities are invited to participate in this free public Community Conversation. The presentation and hands-on demonstrations start at 7 p.m. at The Barista coffee shop located at 204 Santa Fe Avenue in La Junta.

Immersive History and Culture

On Nov. 19, 2014, the Immersive Education Initiative announced that Bent’s Old Fort, a unit of the United States National Park Service located on the Santa Fe Trail in Colorado’s Otero County, would be reconstructed virtually in the video game Minecraft and also as a fully immersive 3D virtual reality environment.

Immersive Bent’s Old Fort is being developed in collaboration with the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service, the City of La Junta, Colorado, Otero Junior College, and Colorado East Otero School District.

Immersive Bent’s Old Fort, along with corresponding history curricula and teaching materials, will be available free of charge to the general public and to schools around the world.

Online virtual tours of the immersive fort will be available to schools as a complement to the in-person tours currently conducted on-site at the fort by National Park Service rangers.

For more details and recent television coverage of the project by KOAA-TV news visit http://ImmersiveEducation.org/fort.